This picture shows the small traditional wooden vessel tucked against the foreshore at Swansea Bay.These trading vessels were designed to carry heavy loads and with a shallow draught and flat bottom so that they could work in bays and small rivers.

A busy scene with a large shingle storage and loading bin as existed on the mainland near Kawau. The vessels are typical examples of those that once transported materials and supplies in the Hauraki Gulf and beyond. Those in the picture are sitting on the bottom, waiting for the rising tide.

The picture above shows all that now remains of an old tidal timber jetty once used for loading kauri logs and firewood at Swansea Bay for the needs of Auckland Town about 30 nautical miles to the south. The cartwheel in the foreground is from a bullock cart use to transport the kanuka firewood to the foreshore for loading onto the waiting scow. The scows would come into the bay on the tide and go aground as the tide ebbed, to float off again on a later tide with their load of timber or other material.  A railway once ran from the jetty up Pembroke Sound to bring kauri logs to the waiting vessels. Reflected on the water are dead pohutukawa Trees, telling the tale of the animal pests brought to Kawau Island by Sir George Grey.