Story: Shipbuilding



Scows were simple sailing barges, perfect for cheaply transporting raw materials from isolated beaches and river landings. Flat-bottomed (to sit on the seabed at low tide), they could be refloated at high tide when loaded. Cargo was mostly stowed on deck – as on the Kauri, seen here in 1904 ghosting past Craig’s yard at Auckland, her decks piled high with massive logs. Her seagoing days ended in 1910.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipbuilding - The wooden era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jul 2015