Photograph, unloading oysters from the 'Karaka'; Unknown Photographer; 1946; BL....
Photograph, unloading oysters from the 'Karaka'About this object
This is a photograph of oysters being unloaded from the 'Karaka'.
In 1946 the oyster catch was still loaded onto the open deck of the ship. Once back at port the catch would be shoveled into open trays beneath the deck of the wharf. The rising tide would keep the trays periodically watered ensuring the oysters stayed fresh until they were needed for further processing.
Oyster vessels of this time, like the 'Karaka', typically had a crew of three or four men and a young lad as a cook. The work was physically hard, the dredging and shoveling still mostly undertaken by hand or with basic mechanical equipment.
Sinking of the Karaka:
The Karaka has been sunk twice while at it's mooring. Once at Deep Cove and the second time at Beach Harbour. On both occasions, the boat was salvaged.
1946Inscription and Marks
Hand written on reverse of photograph: P 662 (b) at top right.
Unloading Oysters at old Oyster wharf 1946 at center.
868 D at center left.
In pencil on bottom edge: Karaka. Donated by Bill Robjohns, Bluff.
h 138 mm x w 88 mm
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