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PS Avoca

29 May

The Murray River here in Australia, has since the 1800s, been a major part of the early development of the Australian outback,wheat growing and wool industry.

The mighty Murray river, was the greatest means of opening up Australia;s vast expanses to the new world of trade and commerce.

It transported wool, wheat, Sheep and new settlers,the river crosses three states, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

The means of transportation back in those olden days, was the Paddle steamers that bought the river to life.

We had many beautiful steamers that plied the river across three states, many stories tell of days of colonial adventures, Steamers getting blocked on the Murray for months in the drought times, when no water was flowing.

There were seasons when the river had swollen due to floods, when the Captains of the paddlesteamers lost all track of the actual river, and as the floods receded, found themselves high and dry many miles away from the river itself.

The Steamers had many beautiful names at that time, some are called Ps Ruby, Ps Melbourne, Pv Rothbury. Pv Mundoo and our own Ps Avoca.

Beautiful ladies that still float the Murray to this day, not transporting goods and chattels, roads and rail and progress has taken over.

Our lovely Paddle steamer Avoca has been in dock for a while, with a recent sale her future was to become a floating restaurant.

Unfortunately a few weeks back, due to a problem, the Avoca began to sink, there are plans to raise the old lady, and once again, give her pride of place on the great Australian Murray river.

I share these pictures with you.

Regards

Emu

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29 Comments

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

29 responses to “PS Avoca

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    June 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Aww shame she sank.. but lucky she sank before being made into a restaurant :-)… Seafood would have been prominent on the menu no doubt 🙂

     
    • The Emu

      June 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Hi Sue, sorry for the delay in responding to your comment.
      They are endeavouring to raise the old boat this week
      It also started to leak oil so that put pressure on the salvage operations.
      damn cold here in Mildura at the moment, and Winter hasnt set in yet.
      Regards
      Emu aka Ian

       
      • Sue Dreamwalker

        June 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

        I’m enjoying the Sun Ian. And some quite me time. Just what I need. Xx How Cold is your Cold??

         
        • The Emu

          July 5, 2014 at 3:56 am

          Greetings Sue, Saturday afternoon here, cold miserable day with temps just above ten degrees.
          Some days actually feel like its Autumn, nighttimes are cold, have some winter vegetables planted, but they look like they are miserable as well.
          Regards and wishes for a great weekend Sue
          Ian

           
  2. natswans

    June 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I do hope they manage to raise the Avoca , that’s such a shame.
    It would make a lovely Restaurant floating up stream.
    Hope you feeling better
    Take care
    Sheila 🙂

     
    • The Emu

      June 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Hi Sheila, sorry for the delay in responding to your comment.
      They are endeavouring to raise the old boat this week
      It also started to leak oil so that put pressure on the salvage operations.
      Hope you are warm in your place, damn cold here in Mildura.
      Regards
      Emu aka Ian

       
  3. kcg1974

    June 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Successful? Hoping so. Lovely old boat. Such a shame it lies beneath the water now. Must be risen to see it’s glory once again!

     
    • The Emu

      June 16, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Greetings Kim, the old paddlesteamer is being raised this week, it did develop an oil leak.
      I hope to get some pictures of its resurfacing, hopefully it will once again ply the mighty Murray river in all its finery.
      Hoping you are well and life is treating you kindly.
      Regards
      Emu aka Ian

       
      • kcg1974

        June 17, 2014 at 2:03 am

        Good to hear. Would love to see some new pictures if you get a chance. Blessings, Emu.

         
        • The Emu

          June 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

          Good evening Kim, thank you for the visit, sorry for the delay in responding to your comment.
          They are endeavouring to raise the old boat this week
          It also started to leak oil so that put pressure on the salvage operations.
          Hope you are warm in your place, damn cold here in Mildura.
          Regards
          Emu aka Ian

           
  4. Clowie

    May 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I hope all goes well when they raise the Avoca.

     
    • The Emu

      June 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Hi Clowie, they are raising the old boat this week
      Not an easy job apparently, they need a couple of barges and cranes.
      I think they are going to turn it into a floating restaurant.
      Cheers
      Emu aka Ian

       
  5. suzjones

    May 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Oh no. That is a tragedy. I still haven’t had an opportunity to see a paddlesteamer on the Murray yet (although I have seen and photographed the Murray).

     
    • The Emu

      June 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Hi Sue, yes it was a rather bad incident, they are raising it this week, a few cranes and barges needed.
      Not sure what its future will be, most likely a floating restaurant, I reckon a floating casino and brothel, hehe, just joking.
      I hope you do get a chance one day Sue to see one of our beautiful paddlesteamers, they are from a great nostalgic era.
      One of Australia’s great movies was All The Rivers Run, its a great story on Murray paddlesteamers if you get a chance to see it.
      Cheers
      Emu aka Ian

       
      • suzjones

        June 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        I’ll get there one day. As I said, I’ve seen other stretches of the Murray but have never been in the right place at the right time to see the paddlesteamers.

         
        • The Emu

          June 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm

          Good morning Sue, by the time you get to visit Mildura the Avoca should be up and running again.
          They are salvaging it this week, it did develop a oil leak so they had to put booms around it.
          I hope to get a few pics this week of its resurfacing.
          Cold and sunny day here but not too uncomfortable, hope all is well with you.
          Regards
          Emu aka Ian

           
          • suzjones

            June 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

            I hope they get it back up and running. Not sure when I’ll get to visiting Victoria again though.

             
          • The Emu

            June 23, 2014 at 9:26 am

            Hi Sue, sorry for the delay in responding to your comment.
            They are endeavouring to raise the old boat this week
            It also started to leak oil so that put pressure on the salvage operations.
            Hope you are worm in your place, damn cold here in Mildura.
            Regards
            Emu aka Ian

             
          • suzjones

            June 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm

            We have had a bit of a cold snap, followed by unseasonally warm weather and thunderstorms and now we are back into a cold snap. I’ve heard it’s begun snowing down south so you must be freezing.

             
          • The Emu

            July 5, 2014 at 3:52 am

            Hi Sue, damn cold here in Mildura, no snow where we are in Vic.
            We get heavy frosts though.
            Hope you are keeping well, see by your blogs you are plenty busy
            with lots to do.
            Regards
            Ian

             
  6. cat

    May 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, again … long time no see … you alright? I just got back from Europe … spent some time with fam and friends at the Baltic Sea, then right after that a few days on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada to witness my daughter’s convocation as well … oceans and tides of memories haunting me now … bad … be well, my friend, eh? Love, always, cat.

     
    • The Emu

      June 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Hi Cat, lovely to know you are still around after your travels.
      You sure do not keep still for too long,hope your well girl
      and keep beautiful memories always in your mind.
      I have been a bit lax on the computer lately, a bit of the Winter flu hit me.
      A few beers and all will be well I think.
      Cheers
      Emu aka Ian

       
  7. gpcox

    May 29, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Whoops!

    But it would be easy enough to lift her, don’t you think!?

     
    • The Emu

      June 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Their raising the old boat this week, needs a couple of barges and cranes I think.
      Not sure what they are planning for it, some say a floating restaurant.
      I think it should be a floating casino up top and a brothel beneath the waterline.
      Cheers
      Emu aka Ian

       
  8. giselzitrone

    May 29, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Schöne Bilder wünsche dir einen schönen Feiertag Liebe Grüße Gislinde

     
    • The Emu

      June 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Danke Gislinde.
      Viele schöne Grüße und Umarmungen aus Australien.
      Prost
      Emu aka Ian

       
  9. prenin

    May 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Hope they succeed in raising the old lady, she’s a memory of days gone by!!! 🙂

    Thanks for this Ian! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

     
    • The Emu

      June 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Good evening Prenin, they are starting to raise the olod boat this week
      Needs barge, pontoons and they have to drain the bilge, not sure what they intend to use it for in the future
      Maybe a floating restaurant, I suggest a floating casino up top and a brothel beneath the water line.
      Cheers
      Emu aka Ian

       

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