DE(R)s of Otago Harbour

During the Deep Freeze years local Dunedin photographers took photographs of the picket ships as they sailed Otago Harbour. Steve McLachlan is a stamp dealer in Christchurch, New Zealand. Steve sent me several photos of the picket ships and in an e-mail said:  "Re the two photos I sent (TJ Gary and Calcaterra) scans of they have a rubber stamp on the back of "A CHERUB PICTURE State Fire building, Rattray Street, Dunedin". No copyright is claimed on them. I also have a similar one of the USS "MIlLS". In similar style I have postcards showing The "PETERSON" and "WILHOITE" which are marked on back "Photo by FRANZ, DUNEDIN, N.Z. COPYRIGHT."

All the above have fancy shaped edges which were popular at that time. I also have more basic type photographs of the "BROUGH" (2 diff), "VANCE", "DURANT" and "PETERSON" which were taken by a ship photos Photographer "D. Wright of 26 Meridian St, Port Chalmers". He is now deceased and I purchased his collection of ship photographs from his son recently. (May 3, 2003)

USS Brough

USS Durant
USS Thomas J. Gary

USS Brough making smoke

USS Mills
USS Vance

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USS Calcaterra

USS Peterson
USS Wilhoite