Story: Ports and harbours

A cutter loading wheat

A cutter loading wheat

Small sailing vessels were the lifelines of the colonial economy. Even after steamers took over the main routes, small cutters, ketches and schooners continued to carry farm produce and bulk cargoes. This cutter loading wheat on Tāmaki beach, Auckland, in 1908 shows the versatility of these small craft.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - Beachheads and beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015