Paddle Steamer Gem, Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hill

From the information panel just before going aboard,  the Gem was built in 1876 as a barge, but a year later "was fitted with’4 40 horsepower steam engine, wood fired boilers and upper works enabling her to be employed carrying freight and passengers on the River Murray as a steamer. In 1882, she was "cut...

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Lower deck, P.S. Gem

Larger image Lower deck on P.S. Gem, at the Swan River Pioneer Settlement. From information panel on post: ENGINE ROOM Following her conversion from barge to paddle steamer in 1877, this space would have been filled with the large, wood fired boiler which provided the steam for the engine. That was linked directly to the...

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Upper Deck, P.S. Gem

Upper deck on P.S. Gem, at the Swan River Pioneer Settlement. THE WHEELHOUSE The nature of river travel on the ever changing Murray River required that the Captain have good visibility in order to guide his vessel through the pitfalls of snags, changing river levels and sand bars. From his perch high up in the...

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Middle Deck, P.S. Gem

iddle deck on P.S. Gem, at the Swan River Pioneer Settlement. From panel: ART GALLERY As part of the process of converting the PS Gem to an Art Gallery, all of the dividing bulkheads between the cabins along this row were removed. This gave a single large space which could be used for exhibitions. However,...

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Bridge of HMAS Brisbane

Larger version This area was dark, so there are two sets of photos, the first withut the flash and the second with. (Or you could head over to the Australian War Memorial website and check out the Google Street Maps version. From the information panel: After decades of service with the RAN and having seen...

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MV Cartela

This is an old post with small photos. I have better photos now but more pressing things to work on, so if you're interested, comment below and I'll push it to the top of the "To Do" list. Cartela was built in 1912, as a steam powered passenger and cargo ferry, operating on the Derwent...

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HMB Endeavour, 2012

These photos were taken when I was doing a stint of tour guiding on board. I took photos during the quiet times. I also did this in 2007 and added my guide "spiel". So that one has better words and this one has better photos. HMB Endeavour, replica of an 18th century collier converted to...

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HMB Endeavour, 2007

These photos were taken when I was doing a stint of tour guiding on board. I took photos during the quiet times and then wrote up my "spiel" as Live Journal post (which is what I've shared below). The camera was a small one a friend gave me after mine broke, so the photos are...

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James Craig, Barque

This is an old post with small photos. I have better photos now but more pressing things to work on, so if you're interested, comment below and I'll push it to the top of the "To Do" list. James Craig aka Clan McLeod, iron barque, built 1874, and used for general cargo. In the 1920s,...

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Polly Woodside, Barque

Polly Woodside aka Rona Iron barque, built 1885 in Belfast. 647 tons, 192 feet long, max speed 14 knots. A trading ship, coal mostly, from the end of the era of sail, although she remained in use to the 1920s, when she was converted to a coal hulk. Original Photos Under sail Under sail, from...

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Duyfken

This is an old post with small photos. I have better photos but more pressing things to work on, so if you're interested, comment below and I'll push it to the top of the "To Do" list. Replica 16th century Dutch ship Duyfken is a replica of a small ship sent by the Dutch East...

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May Queen

This is an old post with small photos. I have better photos now but more pressing things to work on, so if you're interested, comment below and I'll push it to the top of the "To Do" list. Restored 19th century ketch (built 1867) Two masts, with the front mast being the taller, both fore...

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Music Saloon, P.S. Gem

Music Saloon on P.S. Gem, at the Swan River Pioneer Settlement. From information panel on door: MUSIC SALOON The Music Saloon was added in 1982 to cater to the needs of the increasing number of passengers who travelled on cruises and holidays and wanted somewhere on the boat where they could entertain themselves. It was...

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Paddle Steamer Cabin

Larger image Cabin on P.S. Gem, at the Swan River Pioneer Settlement. From information panel: PASSENGER CABINS For all her luxurious fittings elsewhere, the cabins on the Gem were simple and straightforward, if not a little on the small size. It was joked that cabins were kept deliberately small in order to reduce the number...

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