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Ketch at Pine Point
Title : Ketch at Pine Point Ketch at Pine Point
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Source : B 30527, Pine Point Collection
Date of creation : ca. c.1927
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Ketch waiting for grain.

Three men, or lumpers, are sitting on the bags of grain waiting for the ketch to move into position at the end of the chute. This chute or slide was installed in 1927 and made the loading of the ketches much easier. Prior to this a wharf had been built to ease loading which before this had been done by horse and wagon. The wagon would be driven out to the vessel at low water and the bags of grain offloaded directly from the wagon into the ketches hold.

Pine Point was one of the many small ports which were used during the grain harvest for the transport of the grain. The ketch once fully loaded would probably have sailed directly back across the gulf to Port Adelaide and transhipped the cargo there, or have sailed along the peninsula to one of the larger ports such as Ardrossan or Edithburgh and offloaded to a larger ship.
Before bulk handling facilities were built during the late 1950s and 1960s at the larger ports, transport by ketches, loaded at the small ports was the usual means of transport for the harvest. The bags would be laboriously man-handled on to wagons or trucks, driven to the harbour and then man-handled into the ketches hold. On arriving at its destination the ketch hands would then off load the bags, sometimes with the benefit of a small sling which carried 4-5 bages at a time, or else laboriously a bag at a time on their own backs.
The installation of bulk handling facilities and improved road transport meant that the harvest could be driven directly to the silos and loaded into the ships' holds by conveyor belt.
Coverage year : c. 1920
Period : 1919-1927
Place : Pine Point
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :
Thiele, Ron N. Ketch hand: the twilight of sail in South Australian waters Portland, Vic.: Main'sle Books, 1987
Gillespie, James, Captain. Traders under sail: the cutters, ketches and schooners of South Australia Largs Bay, S. Aust.: J. Gillespie, 1994
Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
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