This engraving, made in 1875, shows a Cobb and Company coach crossing the Waimakariri River, Canterbury, during a flood. The ferryman, wearing a lifebelt, is showing the coachman the way. Although the horses could swim, it was not uncommon for coaches to be overturned in such crossings.
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