' When Steam was King............!' by Roy  Massicks

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Photograph was taken on the Mahurangi River at Warkworth, north of Auckland, New Zealand.
The foremost vessel is the old S.S.Kapunui, a restored timber steam tug and now converted to a passenger carrying vessel. It is believed to have been built by Charles Thompson in 1929. The next vessel is the little river steamer ’ Zeltic ’ and last but not least is the sailing scow ‘Jane Gifford.’ These scows moved every conceivable comodity around New Zealand from the late 1800’s to the early 1960’s and I can still remember at least three working in the 1980’s.
The Mahurangi River is prone to flooding as can be seen by the length of the piles which support the pontoon wharf.

Panasonic, LUMIX – GH2 at 32mm, 14×140 lens, 1/650, f/8, Manual.
From a single RAW image.


mahurangi river, warkworth, north auckland, new zealand, steam tug, kapunui, zeltic, sailing, jane gifford, scow, charles thompson


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

  • myraj
    myrajalmost 2 years ago

    Great capture and interesting reading Roy.

  • Many thanks Myra – your kind comments and favourite are appreciated. There is something different going on every time we go to Warkworth where Heather’s sister lives.

    – Roy Massicks

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 2 years ago

    lovely shot Roy xx

  • Thank you kindly Lynn – it’s a fun place to visit.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 2 years ago

    Nice composition mate.

  • Many thanks Colin – these boats all ply the river when the tides in, naturally !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    Great capture Roy ~ looks lovely there :)

  • Thank you so much Susie – it is a lovely little town and only forty five minutes drive from Auckland but two hours south of our place. Heather’s sister lives there so we visit quite often.

    – Roy Massicks

  • VoluntaryRanger
    VoluntaryRangeralmost 2 years ago

    Cracking capture Roy

  • Much appreciate your kind comments Jamie. I’ll photograph anything that floats and sometimes even if it doesn’t…..ha ha !

    – Roy Massicks

  • McGaffus
    McGaffusalmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much John, Much appreciated.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful work !!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Harbour Life – FEATURES – October 31st 2012

  • Many thanks Evita – I do appreciate the fetaure.

    – Roy Massicks

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