Thursday, January 19, 2012

The SCOW - flat bottomed historic vessel

SCOWS were first built for use on the American Great Lakes. They were flat-bottomed (2ft draught) and inplace of a keel were fitted with centreboards.

From 1873, ketch-rigged deck SCOWs were built in New Zealand for carrying timber and working in shallow estuaries.

The ‘Ted Ashby’ is a replica (complete with centreboards). It takes tourists on trips round Auckland Harbour.

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