On-board the Ted Ashby Sailing Scow on Auckland Harbour, New Zealand
Finally, my chance to sail on the Ted Ashby Sailing Scow
There is no better way to see Auckland New Zealand than from the sea. We recently headed to the city and took an afternoon cruise on the Ted Ashby Sailing Scow. Launched in 1993, the Ted Ashby is a flat bottomed boat built to replicate the scows operating in the late 1800s to early 1900s in northern New Zealand waters. Ted Ashby is ketch-rigged, which means it has two masts both in front of the rudder.
Talking to some of the other passengers and even within my own family, I discovered many of us were there for different reasons: history of sailing scows or tall ships, Auckland sightseeing, family fun, or just any excuse to get out on the water. Despite the differences, we all seemed to enjoy our cruise on the Ted Ashby
Ted Ashby Sailing in the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland New Zealand
What is a New Zealand Scow?
Scows are flat-bottomed, centerboard boats, making them versatile and easy to maneuver through estuaries and shallow harbours. In New Zealand, they generally carried cargo of logs, firewood, sand and shingle, machinery and stock. The cargo was usually carried on deck (as opposed to below deck). Some of the bigger scows transported timber to Australia and America.
The typical New Zealand Scows of the late 1800s and early 1900s were between 45 to 130 foot and most were two-masted, ketch or schooner rigged, although the larger scows had three-masts. About 130 scows were built in northern New Zealand between 1873 and 1925. Some even continued to operate until the 1960s. Fewer than a dozen originals are still in existence.
A Photo Tour of our Adventure on the Ted Ashby Sailing Scow
We board from the dock at the Voyager, Maritime Museum. The Ted Ashby heads out in the direction of the Auckland Harbour bridge (this could be weather and wind dependent, I never asked). Once away from the dock, the crew manually raises the sails, and then shuts down the engines. The moment of silence as the engine stops and the wind fills the sails is always my favorite moment at sea.
Older style ships require a lot of crew
All smiles as we head towards the Auckland Harbour Bridge
Only in New Zealand - Bungy Jumping off a city bridge!
Looking up while sailing under the Auckland Harbour Bridge
My daughter shares the helm with Captain Ray
A Few Technical Details Of The Ted Ashby
Made out of Australian hardwood blackbutt
Fastened with galvanized steel bolts and spikes
Hull framed with fore-and-aft bulkheads
Bottom is cross-planked
Fascinated by Tall Ships?
This five star Amazon recommended book seems the perfect option for those romanced by the mystic of tall ships. Available for Kindle or in Hardcopy.
Ted Ashby's centerboard is massive!
Check out the chain directed rudder
And the 1800's original style wooden rigging
Enjoying the sail from the bow with the Auckland skyline in the background
A closer look at the Auckland Skyline from the Ted Ashby Sailing Scow
Our one hour cruise on the Ted Ashby is almost over
End of the Day, The Ted Ashby is Docked for the Night
Other Tall Ships in Auckland:
- Tall Ships Sail Into Auckland Harbour
Racing from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand, eight tall ships pulled into Auckland Harbour yesterday. The Spirit of New Zealand lead the fleet.
Find the Ted Ashby at the Maritime Museum in Auckland
The Ted Ashby is docked at the Voyager Maritime Museum in Auckland
Don't forget a guide book:
If you are visiting New Zealand, you are sure to want to see more of the country than just Auckland, our largest city. I am a big fan of the Lonely Planet guides and use them almost exclusively when we travel, be it in New Zealand or around the world.
© 2010 Rhonda Albom