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Author Topic: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]  (Read 6381 times)

Offline Roderick Smith

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PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:39:55 PM »
There are five pages of references, some of which are relevant.  Certainly, items on this vessel have appeared in other threads (notably the APAM megacollection), and there are photos around already.  AFAIK it has never had its own thread, but the time has come.
As mentioned long ago, PS Industry turns 100 in 2011, and the dates have now been set.
Fri.1 to Sun.3.4.11, at Renmark, 2 weeks prior to Easter.

The Mildura private owners are planning a fleet voyage, with the potential to reach 20 paddleboats.
There is no hint yet of PS Ruby being a possible participant.
March is not usually a good season for river flow, and there are some shallow reaches.
This is about the loneliest section of the river, real time-warp territory.
I have cruised the section with Jessie II.  According to my time availability, I will join the fleet at Wentworth for the whole run, or launch at Border Cliffs and head upriver to meet the fleet at lock 7.

There is unlikely to be a commercial vessel in the fleet for international visitors, and no hirer will let you take a boat the whole way.  However, it would be possible to hire in Renmark, and come up to lock 7.

Joint celebrations for the other 2011 Centenarian are unlikely (PS Pevensey, at Echuca).

Roderick.




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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, SA] - Berri voyage
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2014, 09:10:24 PM »
On Sun.4.8.13, PS Industry made a voyage from Renmark to Berri for survey slipping.  Passengers travelled by river one way, then back by boat.  There was only one short reach where great care had to be taken to be in the channel to avoid being stuck on a sandbar.
The photos show:
* A famous local houseboat, operated by country & western singer 'Chookman'  (there's lots about him by googling).
* Passing under Paringa bridge, at one of the two set times for opening.
* Entering lock 5.
* The oven ready to bake morning scones.
* Passing Lyrup punt.
* Arriving at Berri, then mooring by the slip.
* Also the Berri the local cruise ferry, MV Missy.  Berri had two punts, so busy that a bridge was built to replace them.
* Back at Renmark, the dry dock for SWPV Murray Princess.

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« Last Edit: October 31, 2014, 01:41:27 PM by Roderick Smith »

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2014, 07:27:04 AM »
Hot from ABC: PS Industry, river history, and a new generation of rivermen:
www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4107418.htm
This is a 4 min tv version; a full length version will be out soon.

Here is the pessimistic one from ABC:
www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2014/07/23/4052235.htm
This one was made after PV Avoca sank (since raised).  It dwells on the perpetual theme of succession in technical hobbies: not enough young blood to carry on all the projects established by an older generation, in a political climate of increased regulation.

Roderick B Smith
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« Last Edit: October 29, 2014, 05:50:01 PM by Roderick Smith »

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2014, 02:19:39 PM »
Both links are unavailable Roderick.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2014, 02:21:34 PM by DamienG »

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, SA]
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2014, 05:34:54 PM »
I am editing the PS Industry thread steadily.
I fixed the links for the recent documentary.
I am now bringing the Feb.11 Lyrup notes into a separate thread, and will get a photo soon.
The former Lyrup thread I am padding with photos to provide an idea of the Sun.4.8 Renmark - Berri voyage, positioning for survey slipping.

Lyrup was one of several settlements established as cooperatives to take city people during a time of depression.  Moorook was another.  They survived and prospered.  Today they are small communities, with major facilities in nearby river towns: Waikerie, Loxton, Barmera, Berri and Renmark.  Lyrup is upstream of Berri, and is the site of the highest-upstream SA punt.
Berri has local houseboat hire and a cruise ferry.  It had two punts, so busy that a bridge was built to replace them.

From Berri Visitor Information Centre:
PS Industry Cruises to and from Lyrup, 22 & 23.2. 14 PS Industry is cruising to Lyrup and back over this weekend to coincide with Lyrupís 120th Anniversary Celebrations.
SAT 22/2- Departs Renmark 8.30 arrives Lyrup 11.30 $55pp includes bus return to Renmark at 15.30.  Devonshire Tea Short Trips 22/2 $20 Depart from Lyrup foreshore 13.00 & 14.30 (1 h trips).
SUNDAY 23/2 Departs Lyrup foreshore 11.00 Arrives Renmark 15.00 Devonshire tea provided. BYO Lunch. $55 no return bus available.
Bookings can be also made from Berri (before 3pm 21/2) & Renmark Visitors Centres.
Entry Cost (AUD): $55 long trips $20 short trips Event Venue: Lyrup Foreshore
Facilities: Sheltered Area,  Shaded Area,  Public Toilet <www.murrayriver.com.au/event/1727-ps-industry-cruises-to-and-from-lyrup-/>

I'll have more notes to add to this, describing how the day went.

Roderick B Smith
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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2014, 12:53:20 PM »
A 30 s clip of Industry opened up (engine & paddles) to avoid a slalom set up by a houseboat and a wakeboard boat during one of three local cruises in beautiful weather on Sun.2.11.14:
www.facebook.com/video.php?v=563073610506024&set=vb.325824597564261&type=2&theater
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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2014, 04:30:54 PM »
 :great  :c017 for posting Roderick many years since I've a full size turning over at Swan Hill and Echuca.

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2015, 12:46:20 PM »
As I post, PS Industry is returning from a happy voyage to Loxton for a special weekend: Loxton Museum of Agricultural Technology Family Open Day.
Fri.31.7: Leave Renmark to Kaesler's Landing (upstream from Loxton), the first paddlesteamer to tie up there for nearly 100 years.
Sat.1.8: 1 h cruises.
Sun.2.8 morning to Berri, afternoon local cruise.
Mon.3.8: home to Renmark.
In advance, the Kaesler family cut and stacked a lot of wood.  Captains and engineers came from Echuca, Mildura and Mannum to join the local crew.
A full coverage is at the PS Industry facebook site, which is open access:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/PS-Industry/325824597564261
Here is just the retoned advance newspaper item.

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2015, 11:18:05 AM »
Coming steaming dates.

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2016, 09:27:01 PM »
But then Australian heat.  PS Industry has a policy of not running on days of 40 deg C heat; in practical terms, that means cancelling in advance when there is a prediction of 40, so as not to leave people in the lurch on the day.  Riverland (and Sunraysia) will get many 40-45 days in a typical summer.  The state capitals go above 40 only rarely.
 
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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia]
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 06:47:57 PM »
Coming events (Aug.-Nov.2017).  Notice that Industry is joining Marion and Ruby as the large vessels in what will be a major fleet to Morgan.

Roderick.

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Re: PS Industry [Renmark, South Australia] - barge Argo
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2020, 12:28:45 PM »
There is considerable dissatisfaction locally about the treatment of Argo: the fact that it is out of the water at all.  I'd have to hunt for greater detail.

Roderick

Renmark Paringa Council won't paint Argo Barge, despite new volunteer owner's pleas
ABC Riverland Tuesday 4 August 2020
A salvaged barge sits as a static display on a patch of dirt outside a museum. It's very big
Renmark Paringa Council documents from 2019 show that elected members agreed to spend $13,000 on the Argo Barge for repairs, painting and sundries.(ABC Riverland: Samantha Dawes)
The Renmark Paringa Council is refusing to repaint a historic river vessel retrieved from the River Murray in April this year, forcing a small volunteer group to foot the bill.
Key points:
New Argo Barge owners say Renmark Paringa Council agreed to paint the vessel
But Council Chief Executive Tony Siviour says Council is not responsible for painting the barge
Documents from 2019 stipulate the council would "present the Barge to the satisfaction of Olivewood"
The Argo Barge, which was previously owned by the council, was one of the largest vessels to traverse the River Murray, but has been docked at a volunteer-run history museum.
It was moved to Olivewood Historic Homestead where some major repair works to the vessel have recently concluded.
However, Olivewood Chairperson, Ann Ryan, said the Barge needed more work, including touch-ups to old, peeling paint.
It is work Ms Ryan said council had previously agreed to carry out.
A weathered-looking barge with a rusty and peeling red hull. 
Olivewood Historic Homestead Chairperson Ann Ryan said Renmark Paringa Council had agreed to paint the barge, something Council Chief Executive Tony Siviour disputes.(ABC Riverland: Samantha Dawes)
"I believe they'll be true to their word. It's in all their paperwork that they had to paint it," Ms Ryan said.
"We have sent them a letter on behalf of the [Olivewood] committee and hopefully [council] fulfil that commitment."
Old documents confirm council's paint promise now sunk
Council meeting agenda and minutes dating back to 2019 show that Renmark Paringa Council-elected members decided that "the final placement [of the Barge] at Olivewood is subject to the development of an agreement between Olivewood and

the Renmark Paringa Council".
That agreement "details the responsibility of council to locate and present the Argo to the satisfaction of council and Olivewood."
A loose wooden beam on an old barge.
Works on the Argo Barge have wrapped up but repairs did not include painting the vessel.(ABC Riverland: Samantha Dawes)
Contrary to the documents and previous discussions with Ms Ryan, council chief executive Tony Siviour denied council should undertake this work, despite footing the bill for other repairs.
When asked by the ABC whether council had a responsibility to paint the Barge, he replied "no".
Mr Siviour also mentioned that a contract recently signed by himself and Ms Ryan did not contain an agreement that council would paint the barge.
"If you look at the deed of transfer, it's very clear that council won't be undertaking the painting of the Barge," Mr Siviour said.
A close up picture showing peeling red paint and rust on the metal hull of a barge.
Council Chief Executive Tony Siviour said he did not 'even know if the vessel needs to be painted'.(ABC Riverland: Samantha Dawes)
Council documents from 2019 reveal the total cost of salvaging and re-locating the barge from the River Murray would reach $240,000, including $13,000 for "repairs, painting, sundries".
But in a council e-newsletter in May 2020, it was noted the cost "of raising and relocating the Argo Barge" was "$20,000 less than expected".
Despite the response from council, Ms Ryan said she hoped a resolution was reached soon to ensure locals and travellers could enjoy the sight of historic Argo Barge.
<www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-04/argo-barge-painting-dispute-with-council/12521018>

 

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