Dunedin from Montecillo, showing the waterfront, wharves and shipping. - Otago Witness, 25.12.1912. Copies of picture available from ODT front office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
The holiday season seems to have had an unsettling effect
upon a number of the firemen belonging to several of the
steamers trading about the New Zealand coasts. The latest
manifestation is in Dunedin. The Corinna, which was to have
left for northern ports on Saturday evening, being held up.
Several of the men left on the vessel's arrival, and every
effort to fill the vacancies proved useless. Five men were
needed on Sunday afternoon, and it was hoped that they would
be got, and that the steamer would be able to leave in the
evening. These hopes proved vain, three being still wanted at
a late hour last night, and the vessel's departure was
postponed till this morning.
It is stated that there are plenty of men in port, no fewer
than five ships being at present laid up, thus adding greatly
to the number normally open to engagement. It is said that
the men have given no reason either for leaving or for
refusing to undertake the work, and it would seem that the
trouble is due solely to the men wishing to remain in port
and enjoy the atmosphere of the general holiday. It is quite
a common occurrence for firemen to leave their boats; indeed,
they are at all times subject to the desire for change, but
it is seldom that such difficulty as is being experienced at
present is felt in filling the vacancies that occur.
• Boatmen at Riverton have for some time been generating
enthusiasm over a small type of motor engine which may be
attached to any rowing boat and thus convert it into a motor
launch, and so large has the device loomed in the eyes of
owners of boats that a race for boats of the type to which
the engines are fitted was included in the regatta programme.
This was watched with considerable interest, and the engines
were freely discussed. During one of the discussions a story
was told of the owner of a boat who fitted an engine to his
craft and sailed gaily down the estuary and beneath the
bridge. Before he emerged into open water, however, he had
cause to regret having failed to fix his engine more firmly.
Coming into contact with a beam, the engine, propeller, and
rudder, which are all attached in the one fitting, were
knocked off the stern of the dinghy. Since that time the
boatman has been diligently dragging in the vicinity, but is
reported to have met with no success. - ODT 30.12.1912.