WORK ON THE RIGGING........! by Roy  Massicks

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WORK ON THE RIGGING........! by 


Working on the rigging of the sail training ship ’ Spirit of New Zealand ’ at Auckland, New Zealand alongside the Maritime Museum at Princes wharf.
It has certainly changed since my days at sea – I never had the company of a lovely young lady like this when working aloft – I usually had some hairy deckhand with a personal hygiene problem !

LUMIX GH2 at 103mm, 1/320, f/5.8, iso 160, mode Manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 3 years ago

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 3 years ago

    I’m not surprised! To be honest I think I would have a personal hygiene problem if I had to go up there! Great photo Roy.

  • Thank you for the compliment Peter – I used to love working aloft in my younger day but I’m the wrong shape now… !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...about 3 years ago

    Now this I can relate to…… As I have done it myself.
    A good capture.

  • Cheers Larry, good fun swinging around up there eh ? Thanks for the kind words.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    What a super capture dear Roy.x

  • Many thanks Catherine !

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncabout 3 years ago

    now you get down from there captain,your supposed to be at the helm,great shot roy,cheers mike

  • Glad it’s not me these days Mike – wrong shape ! Thank you for your kind comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    Ahhh times have changed Roy xx

  • Thank you very much Lynn – they sure have ! I hear they even have carpets, washing machines and TV’s these days……lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Roy.

  • Many thanks Gary. This shot reminds me of an old sea ditty about the rigging but I promise I won’t sing it here !

    – Roy Massicks

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManabout 3 years ago

    Great image Roy, my problem would be more in the squeaky you know what department.

  • Thank you Alex – I used to love it, going up aloft but not any more due to my shape ! I can well remember an episode where my cabin mate had just stolen a string of sausages from the galley porthole and not having had a chance to hide them properly, stuck them down the waist of his shorts.
    Well, there we were swinging around the top mast painting when a passenger spied three links of sausages hanging out of his shorts leg ! She squeaked and pointed and in a panic he took his deck knife, cut them off ! This produced even more mayhem ! Yes, there was a very nasty conclusion to this story for him.

    – Roy Massicks

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