For those not in the know, Jane Gifford is one of NZ's last sailing scows.Originally built in 1908, she worked under sail, and then power around the New Zealand coast until the mid 80s. She was gifted to the Waiuku museum, and moved to the Manakau Harbour where she was rebuilt to sail again. Unfortunately that rebuild had flaws, and in 1999 she was lifted out and moved to Okahu Bay on the Waitemata Harbour for another rebuild. She was found to be very rotten, and the restoration stalled. She was taken over by The Jane Gifford Restoration Trust in 2005 and moved to Warkworth, somewhere that was home port for Jane Gifford for many of her working years.
Restoration has been partly covered in threads http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74738 and http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=85689. The restoration has really been a complete rebuild around a thrid of the original vessel. While not done as an original scow, it has been done to last, and allows people to see what a scow would have looked and sailed like as built.
Anyway, launching has been set for the 16th of May, and today she moved down into the boatyard in readyness. Restoration has been done under a cover in Robertson's carpark, and when I got there, she had been picked up by the cranes and put on a local roading contractor's transporter.
Not long after, they tried to move her, but the trailer was slightly bogged, so a crane was hooked on and she moved out from her restoration spot.
Her resting spot since 2005 was left clear, only the rudder needs to go down to the yard now.