23 November 2011

Paddle-Steamers from yesteryear

Something for Watery-Wednesday now, and looking through my archives, a reminder of a stopover in the historic river-port of Echuca, in Victoria.  Claimed to be the busiest inland port, Echuca, on the Murray River, is said to have the largest collection of operating paddle-steamers in the world.  In the late 1800's paddle-wheelers were in demand to pick up wool (and no doubt other commodities); now instead, they carry passengers for that taste of days of old.





accounting for when the river's in flood; all those timbers

Linking to Watery Wednesday

13 comments:

Sharyl said...

I love paddle-boats! Where I live (one state from the legendary Hannibal, MO), they tend to remind us of Mark Twain. But they also remind me of one of my favorite mini-series from years ago, "All The Rivers Run." It starred Ingrid Thornton and John Waters on a paddle-boat on the Murray River! Have you seen it?!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086663/

Anyway, love your photos of the boats, Carole! I've taken a few cruises that were only a couple hours long, but always thought it would be interesting to take a longer cruise down a river on one.

Thanks for sharing these!

NixBlog said...

Lovely suite of photos, Carole, encapsulating lots of our history!

Nadege, said...

I remember "All the Rivers Run" too. Beautiful images of these lovely paddle-wheelers.

Leovi said...

Magnificent photos. I like those riverboats. Greetings.

Tina´s PicStory said...

this steamers are so beautiful!

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful photos.
Love those steamers.

TexWisGirl said...

how neat to see these! i like this size of paddle boat! in the US, you see so many of the huge passenger steamers. :)

lisa said...

These boats are wonderful Carole!

Birgitta said...

Such beautiful water photos!
Like those steamers!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, beautiful shots. Like stepping back in time!

Bridget Larsen said...

I just love visiting your blog, your pictures tell a thousand words and are so clear and photographically awesome

Jan Castle said...

Great look at a long ago time. We have one right here in Salem, OR that gives rides on the Willamette River...picture perfect opportunity!
TFS
Jan

Judy said...

I never think of rivers when I think of Australia...
That river must flood a LOT, if the two levels of dock are needed!!!