Story: Shipping

The Jane Gifford (1st of 2)

The Jane Gifford

Scows and small steamers (nicknamed ‘rock hoppers’ because of the dangerous harbours they served) connected outlying villages, farms and mines to the main ports. The scow Jane Gifford, shown here alongside the jetty at Great Barrier Island’s Port FitzRoy in 1924, was fully restored in 2009.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - Sailing ships and inland vessels in the steam era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016