The New Zealand Scow

By C W Hawkins, published August 1965


Maoris and early New Zealand settlers found native trees such as the kauri, the pohutukawa and the puriri ideal for shipbuilding. European designs were not always well suited to the shallow inlets leading to many settlements so the North American scow was used as a template for vessels in the coasting trade. The first New Zealand scow (known as a barge or schooner barge) was the Lake Erie built by Septimus Meiklejohn in the Hauraki Gulf in 1873. Line drawings and the dimensions of later examples are given and common features such as flat bottoms and centre boards are described. The last examples of the type, the large logging scows of the 1900s, are also described.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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