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Fifeshire Rock at Sunset

Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 2 April 2013 in Landscape & Rural.

Other images of Nelson's iconic Fifeshire Rock.

Fifeshire Rock has inspired artists and photographers since the Nelson settlement began. It has two names, both dating from the early days, and both are still used.

After Arthur Wakefield's ship "Arrow" sailed into Nelson Haven on 1 November, 1841 through the narrow channel between the Rock and the Boulder Bank the Rock was named "Arrow Rock." But when the immigrant ship "Fifeshire" endeavoured to leave port on the 27th February, 1842, she was wrecked on the rock which has been popularly known as Fifeshire Rock ever since.

The narrow channel between Fifeshire Rock and the natural Boulder Bank, and the movement of the sandbanks sea-wards, made navigation into the port extremely hazardous. A number of vessels were either stranded or wrecked. These vents led to public agitation culminating in the dredging of the entrance cut—still called the "New Entrance"—just to distinguish it from the hazardous "Old Entrance" to the Nelson Harbour.

The Nelson City Council took the first important steps when it asked Captain F. W. Cox (Harbourmaster) to report on the harbour. Captain Cox said that the entrance had changed little, but the rapid inshore travel of the bar interfered seriously with the sailing course in the outer fairway. Whereas in 1884 there was a width of 1800 feet between the sandbank and the Boulder Bank, there was—in 1898—only 900 feet. Captain Cox added, "If there is no improvement, it will be only practicable for the smaller class of vessels to work the port."

Further reports were comissioned and after consideration the government agreed in principle that a cut should be made through the Boulder Bank, following the creation of a Harbour Board and approval by ratepayers of a loan for the work.

Nelson's first Harbour Board was elected in February 1901, to rescue the port from imminent ruin. The Cut was opened on 30th July, 1906. (Source: NZETC)

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Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

what a sunset!

2 Apr 2013 5:47am

Monik from PARIS, France

Superbe contre-jour avec ce rocher qui se dresse sur les flots, tel un phare éclairé par le soleil couchant.

2 Apr 2013 6:04am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

What a lovely place and beautifully captured in this wonderful light

2 Apr 2013 6:49am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful place and wonderful light. Have a nice day.

2 Apr 2013 7:19am

Fraeulein Julie from überall, Germany

thank you for all the information and the beautiful amazing photo!

2 Apr 2013 7:35am

helys from Paris, France

So amazing golden color, its reflection, silhouettes

2 Apr 2013 9:19am

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Magnificent !

2 Apr 2013 10:14am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe lumière!!! amitié

2 Apr 2013 10:54am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful composition .

2 Apr 2013 11:03am

rem_la from Villiers, France

jolis reflets

2 Apr 2013 11:25am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so so bautiful colors & lights!!!!!

2 Apr 2013 12:25pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Beautifully shot

2 Apr 2013 12:30pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful use of backlight to create a wonderful silhouetted image! Bravo Ann! ;-)

2 Apr 2013 12:42pm

@Shou from Yokohama City, Japan

It is very wonderful tone!

2 Apr 2013 2:09pm

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

به به

چه زیباست

سلام از ایران

2 Apr 2013 3:28pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide!!! Un spectacle grandiose. Belle journée. *****

2 Apr 2013 3:28pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh I do love a beautiful sunset - and this is great with the rock silhouetted.

2 Apr 2013 7:21pm

destani from mashhad, Iran

Excellent work ! 5*****

2 Apr 2013 7:34pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

I'm deeply impressed, ann!!


2 Apr 2013 8:58pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A stunning image!

2 Apr 2013 9:33pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain

wonderful, really wonderful

2 Apr 2013 9:44pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


3 Apr 2013 7:17am

L'angevine from Angers, France


3 Apr 2013 7:47am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

wonderful - love the golden light

3 Apr 2013 1:07pm

k@ from Paris, France

Pure gold melting !

4 Apr 2013 6:45am

@k@: Thanks for stopping by and commenting

David from Scotland, United Kingdom

Love this gold colour cast over the sea, a very satisfying photograph.

4 Apr 2013 7:47pm

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

This is stunning. Someday I will have to visit New Zealand to view the beauty of the landscape. I understand the south island is particularly beautiful.

10 Apr 2013 6:12am

@Jeff: Yes, the South Island is much less populated and has many wild and beautiful places. The North has a different kind of beauty. If you visit the north, don't miss Te Urewera National Park, the Tongariro Crossing and the East Cape.

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

Coucher ou Lever de soleil by Tede

Sunrise, sunset by kiwisa

Panasonic DMC-G3
1/500 second
ISO 160
84 mm (35mm equiv.)