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.
Using this item
Auckland City Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero
Photograph by Henry Winkelmann
Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.