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Offline Roderick Smith

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PV Akuna Amphibious
« on: September 22, 2010, 03:18:13 PM »
This boat started life as Amphibious, and had a very varied career.  It was featured in the film 'Gallipoli'.
The details have appeared in Paddleducks before: search on 'Akuna Amphibious', and read through the 12 items which the search finds.

As at 2007, it was for sale for AUD1m.  The price is now AUD495 000.
See www.boat-brokers.com.au/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=70

While you are there, the entry for the SA government river tug Nalta Yuki (mentioned in my report of PS Marion voyaging to Berri) is still showing:
www.boat-brokers.com.au/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=79

Thank member Mike Smith for finding the entries.

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Roderick B Smith
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Re: PV Akuna Amphibious
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 09:19:18 PM »
Here are three photos which I may well have posted in different threads before, but they are more findable here, and I will add a few hitherto unposted photos yet.

Post edit: the third scan is an old one, before I refined my file naming.  It was taken at Mannum (SA), during the Source to Sea fleet voyage.

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Roderick B Smith
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« Last Edit: October 10, 2010, 10:44:55 PM by Roderick Smith »

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Re: PV Akuna Amphibious
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 07:02:11 AM »
From about a month ago: the sale has been concluded, to a young Adelaide couple.  They intend to use it privately, but will have some public access.   The new owners intend to voyage to Renmark for the PS Industry centenary celebrations.  At that stage it was on Dick Bromhead's slip at Mannum.  Now that it is no longer associated with Akuna Homestead, it has reverted to the earlier name, and is simply PV Amphibious.

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Re: PV Amphibious
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2020, 04:08:46 PM »
Amphibious has attended many rallies since my most-recent post, and has voyaged from Goolwa to Tocumwal (where it can't fit under the modern road bridge).
It is now based at Echuca.
It sank at its mooring a few days ago.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-11/historic-paddle-vessel-amphibious-sinks-at-echuca/12233746
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-14/paddle-boat-owners-heartbreak-over-sinking-of-amphibious/12241628
The owner hopes to retrieve it promptly, before too much is lost/damaged.

Updating with the detail:
11 May 2020 A piece of history has sunk in the Murray River, with the Paddle Vessel Amphibious mysteriously springing a leak at Echuca over the weekend.
Key points:
Paddle Vessel Amphibious has sunk for the second time
The boat featured in the 1981 film Gallipoli directed by Peter Weir
It is the second oldest wooden boat in Australia with a rich history of around 144 years
The vessel arrived in Echuca last year after 143 years of exploring.
The boat was purchased by current owner Tim Mills in 2016, after which he began a trip up the Murray.
Arriving at Tocumwal, Mr Mills found PV Amphibious was too big to pass the bridge and so he docked in Echuca where the boat has stayed ever since.
Built by Britannia Ironworks in Melbourne 144 years ago, it is currently the second oldest wooden boat in Australia.
Heather Rendell from the Echuca Historical Society said it has had a lot of modification over the years.
"I don't think anyone who knew it in the 1870's would recognise it today," Ms Rendell said.
'Not the first time she's sunk'
The vessel is no stranger to hardship.
It was rebuilt as a showboat with a full-length deckhouse and operated excursions on the Port River in Adelaide until 1971.
Just a few years later, in 1978, it sank at Port Adelaide.
cream and brown paddle boat on river
The PV Amphibious is the second oldest wooden boat in Australia(Supplied)
After being recovered and restored it was brought back to the Murray River and then began its journey to fame.
First starring in the 1981 film Gallipoli, and then later featuring in the miniseries The River Kings.
"After Gallipoli it became privately owned again and the owner has put an awful lot of time effort and care into it," Ms Rendell said.
"I think the owner intended to live on it and make it a private home."
In 2015 it was crowned the Best Paddle Boat at the Wooden Boat Festival at Goolwa.
Mr Mills is believed to be in Adelaide at the moment and is shocked by the news of the vessel sinking.
Police said an investigation is underway into the cause.
<www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-11/historic-paddle-vessel-amphibious-sinks-at-echuca/12233746>

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« Last Edit: July 25, 2020, 08:32:02 PM by Roderick Smith »

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Re: PV Akuna Amphibious
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2020, 12:20:47 PM »
 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( So sad.  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

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Re: PV Akuna Amphibious
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 02:56:15 PM »
As at 13.5, raising had yet to start.  Just the roof and solar panels were above water.
As at 16.5, the raise had been 2 m: the wheelhouse was above water; the hull was still below.
As at 21.5, there was no further progress, but completion was expected within days.  The slipway was still occupied by Emmylou.
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Re: PV Akuna Amphibious
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2020, 12:06:57 PM »
Paddle boat owner's heartbreak over sinking of historic Amphibious
ABC Riverland Thursday 14 May 2020
Photo: top of boat visible while the rest is under water along the bank of a river
Owners of the PV Amphibious hope to be able to bring it back to the surface after it sunk at the Echuca wharf.(Supplied)
Tim Mills was more than 500km from his pride and joy Australia's second oldest wooden paddle boat when he heard it was at the bottom of the River Murray, off the historic Echuca wharf.
Key points:
The owner of a historic paddle boat that sank in the Murray says coronavirus restrictions have prevented inspections
Tim Mills says he will salvage the craft and intends to renovate it
Mr Mills said the fact that he was away when the boat sank has made the pain of the loss more acute
The ferry operator, from the Riverland of South Australia, said he felt helpless.
"Absolutely gut-wrenched, heartbroken, to find out via phone call and not actually being able to do anything or get up there, being over here in South Australia," Mr Mills said.
As custodian of an important piece of Australia's river and maritime history, he said he wanted to retrieve the boat quickly and feared memorabilia onboard may be lost forever.
He said he had engaged divers and hoped to be able to bring the boat to the surface later this week.
Restrictions prevent inspections
Mr Mills moved the Amphibious from South Australia to Victoria after being unable to secure a permanent mooring near his hometown of Renmark.
A selfie of a smiling couple on a boat on the River Murray towing a young rider.
Tim and Carol Mills would regularly stay onboard their historic paddle boat.(Supplied: Carol Mills)
After being offered a lease at Echuca he made a nine-month voyage upstream, arriving in September of 2019 after lengthy delays due to bridge and lock works.
He had regularly stayed onboard with his wife and enlisted the support of local boat owners, a shipwright, and friends to inspect the boat while he was away.
But the introduction of travel restrictions and the closure of the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre blocked access to the boat.
"Unfortunately we copped the raw end of the coronavirus. We were unable to check on the boat as often as we would like to," Mr Mills said.
PV Amphibious paddle boat on the River Murray.
PV Amphibious cruising along the River Murray at Renmark on its way to Melbourne for paddle boat centenary celebrations in 2012.(ABC Riverland: Catherine Heuzenroeder)
A boat with many lives
PV Amphibious worked on the River Murray before the 1900s and before it was converted to a sailing craft and used as a trading ketch in open waters around SA.
In 1959 it was turned into a showboat and operated from the Port River in Adelaide.
At the end of its entertainment heyday it sat idle, and even sank in 1978.
It was salvaged and rebuilt by paddle steamer enthusiast Dick Bromhead and went on to appear in the 1981 classic, Gallipoli, and the miniseries The River Kings.
Decades later it was rebuilt and refurbished by Peter Teakle as a passenger cruiser on the River Murray near Waikerie.
A black and white photo of the sailing ketch Amphibious circa 1906.
The Amphibious sailing in open waters around South Australia, circa 1906.(Supplied: Carol Mills)
'We will renovate'
Riverboat historian Peter McLeod said the boat had survived many reincarnations.
"I have full confidence they will raise it up pretty quick smart and it will be back up and running," he said.
"Don't write the Amphibious off just yet."
Mr Mills said he was determined to resurrect the craft.
"We own it outright, so at the end of the day we will get it raised and start the painful procedure of renovating it to its glory," he said.
"Hopefully in as good or better condition as it went down in."
<www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-14/paddle-boat-owners-heartbreak-over-sinking-of-amphibious/12241628>

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