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By KELSEY FLETCHER
It was a trip of nostalgia when the
Jane Gifford set sail on the Waitemata
Harbour last Thursday -- but one she
nearly didn t make.
At the invitation of the New Zealand
Voyager Maritime Museum the newly
restored scow sailed down from Wark-
worth for an afternoon on the ocean.
The 103-year-old vessel was restored
to her former sailing condition by the
Warkworth-based Jane Gifford Resto-
ration Trust after being found in a
state of disrepair in 2005.
People had told them the restoration
could not be done but Jane Gifford res-
toration trust chairman Dave Parker
could see gold among the wreck.
I told trustee Peter Thompson, It s
time to bring this boat home , Mr
So she was brought back to Okahu
Bay on a house-moving trailer for the
restoration trust to begin work.
Trustee Hugh Gladwell says the
boat was in a terrible state when they
We were embarrassed. We won-
dered what was firewood and what
was the boat, he says.
The trust has had $850,000 in spon-
sorship pay for the installations and
the restored vessel looks as good as
Mr Parker says he is confident the
scow has been restored back to its ori-
We think we ve rebuilt her to last
another 100 years, using 30 percent of
the original boat, he says.
The Jane Gifford is now used for
excursions on the Mahurangi River in
Warkworth where she first started her
career as a working scow.
She was built in 1908 by Davy
Darroch at Omaha and named after
the immigrant sailing ship Mr Dar-
roch s family had come to New Zealand
on.Mr Parker says between 1914 and
1936 she worked the Mahurangi River
in Warkworth under owner Reg Col-
lins who bought her in 1916.
But work up north ran out so she
moved south to the Tamaki River in
search of a new job. From 1960 to 1980
she worked for Subritzky transporting
shell and stock from the Firth of
The Waiuku Museum took her on in
1985 as a barge and partially restored
to sailing condition. She was launched
by the museum in the early 1990s and
operated for about seven years.
In 2002 the new Jane Gifford Trust
bought her in hope of fully restoring
her but sufficient money to repair the
extensive damage could not be raised.
The Jane Gifford Restoration Trust
took over ownership of the scow in
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