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Offline Roderick Smith

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Murray River boats
« on: August 13, 2010, 09:01:31 PM »
This one popped up when I was looking for something else.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTJB2gzebM
It is fairly lightweight, and is only a series of stills, not a movie.  It jumps between PS Melbourne and PV Rothbury.

This one is much closer to our hearts: genuine steam; genuine action:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mdA2zrTQWI&feature=related

There will be heaps more by continuing with a search.

My first paddleboat ride of my life (other than a pedalo) was steam, and through lock 11; I was aboard PS Canberra.

I have just received my Wooden Boats club newsletter, reporting the participation in Wentworth Junction Rally (where WB joined SBOA).  For many, that was a first time through a lock, and the sense of awe showed in the writing: it was so big compared with their boats, and holding the boat against the surging current while emptying/filling was an essential skill.

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor
« Last Edit: August 14, 2010, 09:03:26 AM by Roderick Smith »

Offline Stuart Badger

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Re: Murray River boats
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010, 01:59:06 AM »
I have to say Roderick that locks TERRIFY me!

Every time a see a small boat way down in all that swirling water I have to walk away - too much imagination I guess.

All the best

Stuart
Remember - a lone amateur built the Ark, it took a team of dedicated engineers to produce the Titanic.
Stuart

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Re: Murray River boats
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010, 09:22:00 AM »
Mike Smith found a few photos on Flickr which he hoped that I would post here, but I demurred: copyright issues. They should be accessible via these links:

PS Canberra:
www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/4236645178
www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/4241897767

PV Coonawarra: www.flickr.com/photos/illawarra/2254628612

PV Pride of the Murray: www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/577103791

PS Pevensey: www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/577104059/in/photostream

PV Dromedary:
www.flickr.com/photos/39371441@N07/4314662506/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/39371441@N07/4335544495/in/photostream

PV Tania Anne:
www.flickr.com/photos/39371441@N07/4338107359/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/39371441@N07/4354594240/in/photostream

also, an NZ convenience:
PV Tamaki: www.flickr.com/photos/steveh7/131234633

Searching on paddle boat brings up 50 000 photos, mainly family groups on pedalos.
Searching on paddle steamer brings up 9000 photo.
Searching on Murray River paddle brings up a good selection.

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor
« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 01:24:08 PM by Roderick Smith »

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Re: Murray River boats
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010, 02:27:25 PM »
Again, I am posting on behalf of Mike Smith.  He has been very good sifting out the prime material from the irrelevant.

Here are two of former PS/PV Tarella, on usually-submerged hard-stand blocks near Mannum (SA).

www.flickr.com/photos/pppi/4770946112/in/photostream/
www.flickr.com/photos/pppi/4762830249/in/photostream/

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

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Re: Murray River boats
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2010, 09:17:41 AM »
Mike Smith has found more:

PS Alexander Arbuthnot:
www.flickr.com/photos/17679176@N06/4339828449/in/set-72157602901354803/
It links onwards to several photos, one of which is the wreck of PS Wagga Wagga.

PV Gemma:
www.flickr.com/photos/karenallingham/392723781/in/photostream
The photo was taken before the fire.  The photographer could still go for the Huckleberry Finn life: there are other boats available.  It links on to more photos, including one of PS Billy Tea.

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

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Re: Murray River boats
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2010, 10:11:17 AM »
More from Mike Smith.

PS Cato (Murray Bridge)
www.flickr.com/photos/22529738@N07/2818957885/sizes/o/in/photostream/

PS Barham (Koondrook/Barham, notice the vertical boiler)
www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/240832475/sizes/o/in/photostream/

http://issuu.com/mweekly/docs/mwvol3no37 (July 09)
This has several articles, including PS Success being relocated to Echuca for the continuation of restoration, and modern Murray/Darling cruising ventures.

http://issuu.com/mweekly/docs/mwvol4no33 (June 10)
This has an article on the reactivation of Coopers Creek punt (Birdsville track), for the first time in 10 years.
It also has an article on SL Lil Toot, which should have been at Wentworth Junction Rally.  AFAIK I didn't see it, and would not have reported it here anyhow: it isn't a paddler.  I did a detailed report for the SBOA magazine, which would have included it if I had seen it.  I enclose a cropped photo which may show it in the distance.  Certainly, it was not part of the launch outing which down and back through the loco on Sunday.  I suspect that it had failed, and couldn't be operated at the rally.  It was in the program: 8.3 m steam launch, built in 1976, reg AFT653N.

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor



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Re: Murray River boats
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2010, 07:28:55 PM »
More from Mike.
For the last few years he has spent his life conserving the little water reaching SA, by diluting it.
Now that there is plenty of water, he can spend time helping Paddleducks.

* PV Betsy www.flickr.com/photos/33678464@N04.  IIRC I haven't seen this one, hinting that it moors near Picnic Point (above Echuca).  I would have been there next week with Jessie II, but I have no time, and am deferring the cruise.

* Barge Dart being transported by low-loader through the streets of Goolwa to its static display position under the Goolwa/Hindmarsh Island Bridge (after being raised, after sinking: see earlier posts in other threads): www.flickr.com/photos/mundoo/with/2616625359

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor


 

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