GETTING STUFF ON AND OFF THE ISLAND
Now, I am going out of the order I intended as yesterday I ventured down, in the rain, to the wharf to watch and photograph the loading operation of the cattle. A small ship frequents the island none too frequently, making the receiving of essential supplies a real juggling art. For food and mail it is not too bad as the island is now promoting tourism over the summer months - you fly onto and off the island the same day as their is no accomodation available as yet (there is talk of building a lodge).
Everyone has generators for electricity. I have two (one being a backup that I fire up once a week). Mine does the house and school and I run it from about 8.00-12.30 - this charges up batteries that we run on for the remainder of the day and the evening. It is just a matter of pressing the green button to stert it and the red one to stop it and flicking two switches if I change over generators. These, of course, all need deisel to operate as do the fishing boats and our deisel ranges for heating. They use a metal barge to get goods and stock on and off the island. The ship stops a few hundred meters out from the shore and everything is transferred. This is easier from the ship as it has a crane. When stuff arrives back at the wharf on the barge, there is a digger type thing (you will see it in the photos), that lifts heavy stuff with a hook it has on the end. In these photos it is holding up the ramp that the cattle were shoved down to get on the barge. You will vaguely be able to see there is also a ramp on the side of the ship that the stock go up to get from the barge to the ship. Yesterday there was too big a roll for me to consider venturing out on the barge to watch, but the locals call that a calm day! Yes they do lose stock overboard at times and some swim back to shore!
Fuel comes in big squarish plastic containers in metal cages. Think you can see some in wharf photos of on house photo already sent.
As you will see from this set of photos, horses are sometimes still used for mustering. The horses on the island are part clydesdale - big with big feet. The wharf area was absolutley thick with cattle excretment - wish I'd thought to change into by gumboots before going down. There is another boat due on the 29th and that one has all the fuel and peoples groceries on board. I have been getting mine from the online woolworths in Wellington and it's been coming over by plane - an extra $66 freight on $190 worth of groceries! But you can't depend on it coming before the veges go rotten. I've struck it lucky so far but my next lot will have to come over by fishing boat as pilot off back to NZ at the end of this week and they're not expecting to employ a new one until next summer!
These young cattle beasts were being sent to Chathams for fattening as too many for Pitt, as it was a whole lot were shot. Over 500 went out on this ship. Effectively given away, and recipient just paid shipping costs.
You will note fuel containers in forground of a couple of the photos.
I haven't altered these in any way except lightening up a couple so you can see more detail.