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Monday, July 24, 2006

Australian Paddle Steamers - more information

The previous post provided a historical overview of the role played by paddle steamers along the Murray-Darling River system.

Most of the current and former river ports have local museums providing information about past shipping.

General information about operating vessels along the Murray can be found on

At Echuca the Port of Echuca - - operates three vessels including the PS Adelaide (see photograph). Built in 1866, the PS Adelaide is the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating in the world. Further information about Echuca can be found on

On the Darling, one vessel still operates providing short excursions from Bourke. See

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