MV Willitsinkorwontit

24 Sep

Last week I posted a blog on the 100 year celebration of the Paddle steamer MV Melbourne on the Murray river with about 40 other steamers helping to celebrate its century on the river. Well this week a smaller unusual paddle steamer arrived a week late, now I dont know if it was late arriving or it did not come up to the standards of the majestic steamers the week before but anyway it arrived with due pomp and glory. Now this steamer is unusual in many ways, first it was built by a rather unusual man, not eccentric , but what we call a typical Aussie with a great sense of humour.

When he constructed the steamer it must have been in his mind to actually make it his home on water, its not designed to the usual conventional way but to his own personal likes and comforts.

The name he calls his steamer is , Willitsinkorwontit, he is known on the river as the chook man

Now to what he has on his steamboat, these are a few of the items which you will see in each of the pics below, A vegetable garden, an outdoor toilet on a lean , a clothesline on the roof, a flower garden , a woodburning stove, chandeliers, a kitchen sink , a bedroom in an old galvanized water tank, a recliner couch, an eagles nest on the roof, also you will see a windmill and gumtrees growing. Also he has an abundance of eggs as he keeps chooks on board as you will notice as well as chook poo all over the floor of the steamer . I wont describe each picture, as with close examination to detail you will appreciate the sense of humour of the owner and his love of a lifestyle on the river. Definitely my style of life.



Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


50 responses to “MV Willitsinkorwontit

  1. Red

    October 29, 2012 at 12:17 am

    This guy is fabulous. We have loads of ppl who live on the rivers in Louisiana. They are all characters like this man. Not all are welcoming of tourists, but some are. He would fit in if he ever brought his boat this far 😉

    • The Emu

      October 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Hi Red, yes he certainly is a one off character here on our river system, he actually welcomes tourists, have always been intrigued with Louisiana and the renowned Bayou, we have a programme here called Swamp people, all about catching gators down your way, also if I recall correctly Louisiana was renowned for its slavery plantation days, and those great sprawling mansions, anyway enough of my ramblings,

      • Red

        October 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        It was, as was most of the rural farmland in the southern US. Swamp people (the show) is a peculiar bunch, but they are basic realistic. I have caught more than a few gators in my time.

        Now is the time for the Halloween visits to the plantations, specifically the haunted ones. The homes are magnificent. Some are nearly 200 years old. The families who own them still live in them, despite the tourism.

        Have a great All Hallow’s Eve.

        • The Emu

          October 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

          Hi Red, thanks for getting back to me, are the houses actually haunted or is it an old wives tale due to the age and history of the plantation houses ?, the other question I have for you is regarding music, I heard somewhere there is a distinct style of music that is played and is unique to that part of Louisiana, much like a folk style music , think it had unique instruments too, and what is Craw fish and do you have it where you are.

          • Red

            October 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

            Many of them are truly haunted. The ghosts range from the help or the owners. Zydeco is the Louisiana native folk music. It is the home of American jazz and blues. Music is a large part of the culture and the festivals. Crawfish are FABULOUS! Yes, I suck heads, pinch and swallow tail 😉

            If you want to learn about the Zydeco festival, which is the historical preservation society venture, visit

            Louisiana is a very interesting place to raise a family.

          • The Emu

            October 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm

            Thanks for that informative comment Red, I always understood Louisiana to be the home of the American Negro dating back to the 18th century,also I checked out Zydeco and that was the music I was trying to find.
            Your country is undergoing a great tribulation at the moment but will persevere and the Phoenix will rise from the ashes.
            Aussie Emu

          • Red

            October 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm

            There are no American “negro” people. The Creoles are the ones you are referring to, but they are mixed of four bloodlines: French (white), Spaniards (Hispanic), Native American (“Indian”, red skinned), negroid/black (African or Caribbean Islander). The natives of Louisiana and Florida were trading with the Caribbean islanders and did mix the breeds.

            We will persevere. 😉

          • The Emu

            November 3, 2012 at 1:45 am

            Wow Red, that comment was certainly a lesson and eyeopener to me, I see what you say in regards to the heritage lineage of the various races in America, here we have the original inhabitants being the indiginous Aboriginal peoples who are now showing signs of two centuries of intermarriage.Can one say that the original inhabitants of America were the Indian Redskin ?
            Have a great weekend and hope that Sandy has not affected you too much.
            Aussie Emu

          • Red

            November 3, 2012 at 1:53 am

            Absolutely. The Native Americans are what are referred to (non-politically-correctly) as “redskin”. While they are far fewer in number than in decades past, like the Creoles there are still families which keep the bloodlines as pure as possible. There was a strict Creole family who was friends with us as I was growing up. The patriarch was so funny to say he would have no “mixed babies” in his family. Considering to be Creole one must be of four distinct races made it hysterical to me.

            Where I am is far removed from Sandy’s path. As of today, all of my children in NY have power. Things are beginning to normalize. By hurricane standards, it was not all the media made it out to be 😉

            Be well, my friend,

          • The Emu

            November 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

            Good morning Red, thanks for enlightening me on what can be a peplexing subject, when one considers the ethnic diversity of America at this time with multiculturalism it is quite easy to get lost in the actual facts, you have certainly broadened my knowledge. Glad to know you and your family weathered Sandy okay.By your last comment it appears that Sandy was overated in regards to international media reports, either way it is something I wouldn;t relish, I have survived cyclones here in Australia and Ana has survived earthquakes in Chile.
            Wishing you all the best Red and a great weekend.
            Aussie Emu

  2. giselzitrone

    October 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Wünsche dir ein schönes weekend lieber Gruss Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      October 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you my dear friend Gislinde, wishing you a wonderful weekend too
      Aussie Emu

  3. Androgoth

    October 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Have a wickedly
    enjoyable Monday Ian 🙂


    • The Emu

      October 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Good morning Androgoth,well Mondays gone and its now Tuesday morning, bloody hell I am late getting around on wordpress lately, if you dont hear from me much it doesn;t mean I am not around , it just means old age is slowing me down and with the warmer weather I spend more time out or down by the river than keyboarding.Hope all is well in Whitby and you are doing fine.
      Cheers mate and have a great day

      • Androgoth

        October 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        Hey it is great to know that you are well and enjoying the warmer weather, I think that you have the right idea, less keyboarding amd more fresh air, now that has got to be a better solution 🙂 Take your fishing rod, a few sarnies and of course a six pack of beer 🙂 Be very well my great friend and just call by whenever you are in the neighbourhood 🙂


        • The Emu

          October 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Good morning Androgoth, a bright sunny Thursday morning here, Summer definitely arrived with high temperatures, so am looking forward to an enjoyable morning in the vegetable garden, looks like we are in for a very hot Summer which unfortunately brings with our bushfire season.
          Definitely will be doing some fishing soon as we are heading up into the mountains to do some trout fishing.
          Wishing you well my friend

  4. giselzitrone

    October 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Wünsche dir ein glückliches schönes weekend Grüsse dich lieb Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      October 16, 2012 at 1:34 am

      Good morning dear Gislinde, lovely to see your smiling face in my site
      It is an overcast Tuesday morning here but Summer will soon be here
      I wish you much love and happiness girl and a beautiful week
      Aussie Emu

  5. cat

    October 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    My daughter and boyfriend live on a boat in Vic, BC, Canada … and why not … it’s lovely to live the live you WANT to live … most people don’t … Be well, my friend, eh? Love, cat.

    • The Emu

      October 16, 2012 at 1:27 am

      Hi Cat, thanks for calling by and enjoying the pic of that paddle boat, you have me intrigued now, do you mean you did live on a boat with your daughter and boyfriend, or you now do live on a boat in Vic BC Canada ?, what a great lifestyle, would love to see you post some pics girl
      Aussie Emu

  6. Androgoth

    October 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Everyone to their own I think Ian
    and he seems to enjoy the lifestyle,
    and what is it that they say? A King
    and his Castle and all that Jazz 🙂

    Great photograph’s by the way 🙂 🙂


    • The Emu

      October 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Greetings Androgoth , glad you enjoyed that post, seems the last week I am completely out of wack on the net and at the moment have missed a lot of posts by my friends so am trying to catch up, dont take offence if I am not around mate cos at the moment I am all over the place like a mad womans shit

  7. Vickie

    October 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I think this gives new meaning to home is where you make it. I would mind to pay him a visit.

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Good morning Vickie, I do hope you are well and enjoying life.
      Glad you liked the post on my unusual boat, the owner certainly appeared to be happy and contented with his lot in life.
      If things were different I think that could have been me living that lifestyle.

  8. giselzitrone

    October 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Lieber Gruss und einen schönen Tag wünsche ich dir mal Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Danke mein lieber Freund Gislinde, viel, dich zu lieben

  9. giselzitrone

    September 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Wirklich tolle Bilder schön Grüsse dich lieb mein Freund und wünsche dir ein schönes und glückliches weekend und einen schönen Tag lieber Gruss von mir Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Glad Sie diese Bilder genossen lieber Gislinde, ich hoffe, Sie sind gut und das Leben genießen, ich wünsche Ihnen viel Liebe und Glück mein Freund

  10. Angelwings6

    September 28, 2012 at 7:15 am

    You’d feel a bit exposed sitting on the loo…

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Good morning Lady Jude, do hope you are well and happy my friend
      I think there was a door on the loo but who cares when your floating down the river on a Sunday afternoon, lol

  11. Renee Espriu

    September 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

    If you are happy where you are at than that is all that matters. Amazing!

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Good morning Renee, do hope you are well and happy, the owner of this old boat certainly appeared to be happy and contented with his lot in life.
      The basics is all he needs to survive.
      Wishing you a great day

  12. Sue Dreamwalker

    September 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Loved looking at willitsinkorwontit Emu, and looking in detail I see the old spade-guitar too!
    I often think you know Emu if the world suddenly turned upside down for the better want of the world,, I know you get my drift .. I wonder how many willitsinkorwontit type of craft would suddenly be created to float around our shores??
    Loved it..
    Thank you so much for sharing.. Right onto the next catchup post of yours 🙂

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Good morning Sue, hope this reply finds you well and happy, glad you enjoyed my post on the old boat, had to have a second look myself to find the spade guitar, there are a few other boats like this around and a few old camps along the river made in the same style, maybe the old timers do actually know something about the changing ways of the world.

  13. natswans

    September 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    What a sense of humour these guys have quite amazing, had to chuckle. As for living on it maybe not, but then again!!
    Great pictures
    enjoy your week.

    • The Emu

      September 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Certainly a great sense of humour this guy has, he enjoys his life on the river with all its comforts.
      If I was single I think I would enjoy that lifestyle.

  14. marciento

    September 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Greetings from Warsaw! I wish nice week!

    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Greetings Marciento, they are beautiful trees in your space
      I enjoyed my visit

  15. Colline

    September 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Wow! He has really created a home on the water! Interesting to look at.

    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Certainly was a great sight Colline, he has a great Aussie sense of humour
      It was funny seeing the chooks running around on the boat and the vegetable garden

  16. rosemarymonteith

    September 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I can just see Emu living on it, Anna might not be so keen lol

    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I wouldn;t mind it Rosemary but definitely not for Ana
      Was great to see and it was funny in many ways but the chooks really surprised me.

  17. wonkywizard

    September 24, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This is modern “art” outside the museum.

    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Definitely a different form of art, but an Aussie artwork that has a great sense of laconic Australian humour

  18. Angel O'Fire

    September 24, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Holy bloody moley my old mate, defiantly an original boat if ever I saw one, got to love it, as far as living on it, well it would have to be an acquired taste, *grins, a bloody dunny and the kitchen sink is all ya need, as ya find yaself travelling down the river, keeping an eye out for croc’s and an another for turtles, we definatley have it down pat when it comes to originality. Love it ((hugs)) and cheers mate x

    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Hi girl , well that was certainly an eyeopener for the old Emu, I thought I had seen it all, the bloke definitely is an Aussie character with a great sense of humour, loved the outdoor dunny on it and chooks running around on the boat, I was envious and offered to be a cabin boy on it but his wife said there was too much livestock already on board.

  19. prenin

    September 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Now THAT’S what I call a sense of humour!!! 🙂

    Love the chickens – I used to love fresh eggs on my grandparent’s farm!!! 🙂

    God Bless!!!


    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Definitely an Aussie sense of humour Prenin, it was great to see the chooks running around on the boat
      The guy certainly has a great sense of fun and humour

  20. suemacarthur

    September 24, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Love it Ian, so so very Aussie, great pic’s
    Take care

    • The Emu

      September 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Was a great sight to see Sue, I loved the chooks on the boat running around,definitely an Aussie character with a sense of humour


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