The scow " Jane Gifford "........!

Roy  Massicks

Bay of Islands., New Zealand

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This old scow, the ’ Jane Gifford ’ has been lovingly restored and is shown in the photograph at her home port of Warkworth on the Mahurangi River,
Warkwoth is a lovely little town north of Auckland, New Zealand.
The scows were suited to New Zealand waters. In the early days – their heyday was in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s and there were still a few plying their trade right up until the mid 1960’s – their flat bottoms and wide beams were ideal for landing on beaches and letting the tide ebb so that they could load and unload their cargoes in isolated spots. They were also seen in many of the smaller towns, quite a way up creeks and rivers with their small jetty’s and wharves. The cargo they carried comprised of every single thing the people needed in those days from livestock, wool bales, milk,flour, sugar – you name it they carried it. I have even seen cars and quite large trucks carried to the offshore islands. Timber was also another item.

The few scows that are left usually cater to tourists and wine and dine trips.

Lumix GH2 at 18mm, 1/250, f/11, iso160, mode manual.
From a single RAW image.

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