Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Rewa ... from composite

In 2007, when visiting the Maritime Museum in Auckland with a friend and historical accomplice (you know who you are, if you're reading this), I spotted the Rewa, a good example of a mid-19th century cutter. Similar to those which once entered "Thomas' Channel", the mouth of the Oakley Creek, servicing the cargo needs of John Thomas' Star Mill (and George Thomas, then Thomas & Barraclough after him) as well as the later Garrett Tannery.

Trouble is, (a) the Rewa isn't a small boat, and (b) there's not a lot of room where it's housed at the museum for a classic step-back-and-take-the-wide-shot approach to digital photography. Hence, the composite image above. In no way perfect, and put together using time, patience and my good ol' workhorse for this sort of thing (MS Publisher) -- but, I think it conveys how cool the Rewa is. It dates from the 1870s/1880s, according to what I can find online at the moment.


  1. Yes I know exactly who you are meaning!!! Sore feet,great photos and great company? Who is complaining then!! Composite turned out really well on the blog here

  2. Many thanks for th' comment, OITS. Yep -- sore feet, great photos, a couple of crazy people on the loose in Devonport and great company made for a terrific day.