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Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:37 pm

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Built as a composite paddle steamer by G.Linklater at Echuca for J.G. Grasse, Poon Boon Station and S & H Officer, Murray Downs Station.
27 June 1866 launched under the name ADELAIDE. (the web-site gives launched 28 July 1866.)
Tonnage 142 gross, 114 net., dim. 75.9 x 17.0 x 5.0ft.
One 2 cyl steam engine 36 hp. manufactured by Fulton & Shaw at Melbourne.
Registered at Sydney.

She was built to service their Poon Boon and Murray Downs cattle stations.
1870 Her tonnage given as 105 gross, 77 net.
July 1872 sold to D. Blair & Ceo. McGrowther, sawmillers at Echuca, and used for the transport and towing of barges loaded with red gum logs for the mill.
June 1891 sold to Murray River Saw Mill Co., and registered at Melbourne.
July 1926 sold to McCulloch Carrying Co. Ltd.
1959 Sold to A.Rowe, sawmiller at Paringa, S.A. who intended to convert her to a stern wheel motor powered barge, but sold her before this was accomplished.
1960 Echuca Apex Club bought her and steamed her to Echuca.
Installed in a bed of cement in Hopwood Gardens, Echuca in November 1963. She sat there for about 20 years as a museum piece.
1982 Hull restoration work commenced, and after completion she was dragged down river on a log sled and then launched in the Murray River at 5.15pm on 4 March 1984.
Further restoration work took place when she was moored alongside the wharf.
29 October 1985 ADELAIDE was recommissioned by the late Princess Dianna and Prince Charles.
There after used for special cruises for enthusiasts from the Echuca Vic wharf.
She is the third oldest existing paddle steamer in the world; the SKIBLADNER 1856 and HJEJLEN 1861 are older.

Australia 2003 50c sg?, scott?

Ships of the Inland Rivers by Ronald Parsons. http://www.sunraysia.vic.edu.au/riverbo ... laide.html
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