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PS Melbourne

19 Sep

Last weekend my hometown,Mildura hosted a 100 year celebration of the Paddle steamer PS Melbourne. Approximately 40 paddlesteamers from up and down the mighty Murray river converged on the waterways at the local wharf.The Murray river is the third longest navigable river after the Nile and Amazon.The river runs 2520 kilometres beginning in the Kosicusko national park in Queensland, running down south through New South Wales an onto South Australia before discharging int the sea. The paddlesteamers were used way back in the 1800s for transporting wool, wheat and other goods up and down the Murray. The flotilla of paddlesteamers that arrived to help PS Melbourne celebrate her 100 years on the mighty river included a vast array of steamers of every size. Later on in the development of the country, railroads opened up and the use of paddlesteamers took second place, they are now primarily a tourist attraction. A number of steamers came to grief in the olden days as the river would flood and then subside, the river was always full of snags such as river gum trees which blocked their path, I went down to the riverfront to view and take pics and the crowd was estimated at 1500. I attach some pics of the various steamers that were in attendance on the day. They range from the large to the small.An old part of our history that still survives to this day, hope you enjoy.

Emu

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44 responses to “PS Melbourne

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    September 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love these old boats.. they have a grace all of their own.. 🙂

     
    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Veritable Queens of the river from bygone days Sue, they are majestic in a regal sort of way.
      Emu

       
  2. natswans

    September 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Emu that was fabulous wish I could have seen them. Bet you had a great day and wow again they are beauties. Thank you for sharing
    Sheila

     
    • The Emu

      September 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Sheila, it was a great day but the crowd was too much in the end so I took what pics I could and left, could have had a boat ride but the queue was too long.
      Hope all is well with you
      Cheers
      Emu

       
  3. Sabina Brave

    September 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I wish to be there. It looked great 🙂
    Have a fantastic weekend Ian 🙂

     
    • The Emu

      September 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Hi Sabina, hope your weekend went well, it was a great day with the paddlesteamers but damn crowded.
      Hope all is well with you and you are in good health.
      Wishing you a great week ahead
      Emu

       
  4. jennygoth666

    September 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    came for another look at boats aussie wouldnt like your spiders there red backs and funnels id never sleep bad enough with these monsters in my house i need help lol hope your having a lovely day have you got any of those funny named places near you i have relatives in melbourne they have places nearby wobbly creek swamp lane boggles end all kinds of strange places xxjen

     
    • The Emu

      September 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Hi Jen , hope your weekend went well , you surprise me not liking spiders, spiders is what make the webs for your Gothic graves and mausoleums and hang around in old castles, lol.I will post tomorrow on one last steamboat, this one is a classic and typical Aussie so hope you get to see it.
      We have lots of weird names here in Aussie , mainly old Aboriginal ones like Woolloomooloo,Wagga Wagga,Yackandandah, Wooriallock, they are easy to pronounce.
      Cheers and have a great night
      Emu

       
  5. Hanne

    September 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for visiting and like my new Autumn post Ian.
    I like your post too and enjoy all beautiful pictures.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    I wish you happiness and all the best for you and your family
    and a weekend in love and peace.
    Hugs
    Hanne.

     
    • The Emu

      September 22, 2012 at 2:31 am

      Thank you for your beautiful comment dear Hanne, I enjoyed your beautiful Autumn post, delightful
      Saturday morning here and a lovely sunny day with Summer on the horizon
      I wish you much love and a great weekend
      Aussie Emu

       
  6. suemacarthur

    September 21, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Wonderful pics Ian, looks like you would had a great day, wish i had been there
    Hope all is well on your side of Aussie
    Take care
    Sue

     
    • The Emu

      September 22, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Good afternoon Sue,yes was a great time taking those pics but the crowd was unbelievable
      Lovely warm summery day here and Summer is on the horizon but the nights are still cold
      The minister for war and I are going well, greetings to Ross Sue and hope you have a beaut weekend
      Cheers
      Emu

       
      • suemacarthur

        September 24, 2012 at 12:48 am

        yes summer on the way here too , Ian, but like there the night are still very cold, lol wont be long and we will b…cthing about it being to hot
        Take care
        Sue

         
        • The Emu

          September 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

          Daylight saving soon over here Sue , think we are about an hour behind or ahead of you when the clocks change
          Either way I love the early sun and the late evenings, wishing you well
          Emu

           
          • suemacarthur

            September 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

            oh i so wish we had daylight savings i just love it
            Take care
            Sue

             
          • The Emu

            September 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

            Good morning Sue, bright sunny morning here and warming up
            Must admit I too like waking up to an early bright day with a hint of summer.
            Have a beaut day
            Emu

             
  7. jennygoth666

    September 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    fantastic pics aussi must have been a spectacular sight such a lot going on in your vast country would love a visit but im not a good traveller round britain does me still lots to see here have fun xjen

     
    • The Emu

      September 22, 2012 at 2:49 am

      Hi Jen , hope your going well girl,was a great morning taking those pics but the bloody crowd was unbelievable so I didnt hang around too long.
      Theres so much to see and do in our great country and I love travelling it, hopefully my next adventure will be hot air ballooning.
      Saturday afternoon here and a bright summery day with Summer on the horizon, wishing you a great weekend Goth girl
      Aussie Emu

       
  8. Renee Espriu

    September 20, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Awesome photos Ian. That would certainly be something to remember. They have river boats here but not in the state I live and I’ve never been on one. Thanks for sharing.

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Greetings my friend Renee, lovely to hear from you, I do hope you are well and all is okay in your life, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog, glad you enjoyed my pics, was certainly a great sight to see so many old paddlesteamers on the river all at the same time.
      Wishing you much love and happiness
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

       
  9. appletonavenue

    September 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Great photos. I also love your lyrical style–I can hear the Aussie accent. 🙂 We still have paddle wheels running along our Mississippi River. I haven’t been east in years. Thanks for sharing your picts!

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Thank you for my friend for taking the time to visit , view and comment on my blog
      I am glad you appreciated my pics of the boats , it was quite a sight to see so many paddlesteamers on the river all at the same time in one location, I seem to recall an old musical movie of a paddlesteamer on the Mississippi, cant remember the name or actors but think it was called The Riverboat song.
      Wishing you much love and happiness
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

       
      • appletonavenue

        September 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        🙂 I’ll drop by again.

         
        • The Emu

          September 22, 2012 at 2:54 am

          Thanks for taking the time to visit my space and comment
          Look forward to your friendship and thoughts in wordpress
          Saturday afternoon here and a summery day with Summer on the horizon
          Wishing you much love and a great weekend.
          Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

           
          • appletonavenue

            September 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

            🙂 Looking forward to getting to know you better.

             
          • The Emu

            September 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

            Ditto my friend
            Emu

             
  10. Androgoth

    September 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    You have snapped some real beauties for this posting Ian
    and how majestic they look, everyone seems to be enjoying
    this event and why not, I can easily see it’s appeal. Thank
    you for adding this one as it gives us a real glimpse of the
    past, in the present 🙂 🙂 Excellent…

    Androgoth

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Good evening Androgoth, glad you enjoyed that blog and pics, was certainly a sight to see so many steamboats all on the river in one location, I tried to get some decent pics but the crowd was unbelievable, great to see that our past is still being kept alive even if its for tourists these days.
      Cheers mate
      Emu

       
  11. cat

    September 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Love your Boat pics, my friend … Wish I was there and not here … Winter is coming … Summer for you … Love, cat.

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Hi Cat , lovely to catch up with you again , do hope you are well and happy , must admit I love that pic of you, always brings a cheer to my heart.
      Glad you enjoyed my riverboat pics
      Wishing you well girl and lots of love and happiness
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

       
  12. Janae's Fallgirl Shepherd

    September 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Glad y’all are good there – in the midst of the world craziness I’m glad for so many blogs I like to visit, they can be such a great escape for a moment or two.
    I like the paddle steamers, just trying to imagine a time when that was the normal mode of transportation for many makes me more appreciative of todays luxuries, so amazing it is how much life changes… someways for the better; other ways maybe not so much. The photos remind me of a paddle boat here in the states located up on Lake Canadagua, part of the Fingers Lakes region in NY. Now I s’pose I’ll want to visit the photo archives to post some photos of that trip that I once meant to anyway, just never got around to it!

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Greeting my friend , lovely to hear from you and do hope you are well and happy
      Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog , glad you enjoyed the pics, it was certainly a sight to see so many old steamboats on the river all at the same time in one place, agree with you that it was once a form of transportation and now a tourist attraction but still lovely to see a bit of our history being preserved, would love to see some pics of yours if you get back into your archives.
      I wish you much love and happiness and thank you again for visiting
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

       
  13. prenin

    September 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Fascinating!!! 🙂

    Amazing how these old boats keep going! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Was a great morning I spent down at the river mate but bloody crowded, had trouble trying to get decent pics, but was certainly a great sight to see so many old paddlesteamers going up and down the river, these boats are only tourist attractions now but still retain their part of history.
      Cheers Ian
      Emu

       
  14. Clowie

    September 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Great pictures!

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Thank you my friend Clowie for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog, glad you enjoyed my pics.
      Do hope you are well and happy in life.
      I wish you much love and happiness
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

       
  15. Vickie

    September 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Look like it was fun. Have you ever been on one? Are there cruises you can book?

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Greeting Vickie, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog, I do hope you are well and happy in life.
      The day with the paddlesteamers was rather trying, it was so crowded and hard to get close to taking good pics,
      I have not been on a cruise yet but hopefully will soon , but before that I want to go ballooning first.
      Bookings are always available on our boats here, I wanted once to buy a houseboat on the river, many people own them and live on the river.
      Cheers Vickie and wishing you much love
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

       
  16. Colline

    September 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    They seem so stately, don’t they?

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thanks for reading my blog Colline, so lovely to hear from you , I do hope you are well and all is going okay in your life.
      The paddlesteamers I must agree with you do have a stately look about them , reminds me of and old musical movie based on a paddlesteamer on the Missisippi.
      Wishing you well Colline
      Cheers
      Emu

       
  17. giselzitrone

    September 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hallo mein Freund .Wundervolle Fotos schön mit dem Wasser und die Gegend.Grüsse dich lieb und wünsche dir einen glücklichen Mittwoch lieber Gruss Gislinde.

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Greetings my lovely friend Gislinde, glad you liked my pics, do hope you are well and happy
      I always enjoy your comments and your posts even if my google translate doesn;t work well
      Wishing you much love sweetheart
      Aussie Emu

       
  18. Rosemary Monteith

    September 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Wish I could have seen it, bet you really enjoyed your Day, thank you for sharing this Ian

     
    • The Emu

      September 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Hi Rosemary , really great to hear from you, hope you are in great health and all is going well in your life, my trip down the river wasn;t exactly the way I wanted it to be, bloody crowded right out, couldn;t get any decent pics but overall a great event, wishing you and hubby much happiness
      Cheers
      Emu

       

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