The PS Canberra on the Murray River
|Operator:||Murray River Paddlesteamers|
|Route:||River Murray, Australia|
|Homeport:||Echuca, Victoria (Australia)|
|Class and type:||Paddle steamer|
|Notes:||Data compiled from several sources|
PS Canberra was commissioned to be built in 1912 by the Connor Family, She was built at the mouth of the Murray in Goolwa, South Australia. Originally used as a single deck fishing steamer by the Connor family at [Boundary Bend]], she was part of their large fishing fleet which consisted of the PS Etona and PS Ranger.
After the war The Canberra was sold to the Collins family in Mildura. It was here that the second deck was added and she pioneered the tourist trade.
In the 60's The Canberra and The PS Melbourne did a switch, the Canberra steamed to Echuca and the Melbourne to Mildura. Once again the Canberra became a pioneer of tourism.
The PS Canberra is the oldest river boat in the Murray River Paddlesteamer fleet. Having celebrated her century in August 2013, the PS Canberra has been taking tourists on cruises along the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers since 1944.
Following her purchase in 2001, the Canberra underwent a 9 month restoration during 2002-2003 and was returned to being steam powered once again. This was an unprecedented return for the Canberra as no known boat has ever been restored from a diesel back to a steamer. With 100 years of working life under her hull and having carried hundreds of thousands of people the PS Canberra is one of the most travelled boats on the Murray River.
She is a golden girl of her era and a joy to experience.
The PS Canberra, like The Pride of the Murray and PS Emmylou, operates as a tourist attraction in Echuca. She runs daily hour long journeys up and down the river. The PS Canberra is operated by Murray River Paddlesteamers in Echuca where she was originally run in the 1900s.
You have the chance to become a Skipper on your cruise, everyone is invited to have a go steering our 100 year old Girl PS Canberra. If your very good you can even have a Toot Toot of the whistle and every child receives a specially signed certificate to prove it
PS Canberra generally operates 4 one hour cruises everyday of the year except Christmas Day in conjunction with Pride of the Murray.
PS Canberra is powered by a 1923 wood-fired Marshall compound steam engine.
Unique 360 degree viewing area above the engine
Fully enclosed and open areas (perfect for group gatherings)
Wide viewing windows to see the paddlewheels
Captain's commentary of the historic Port and its unique paddleboat fleet
All children have the opportunity to steer the paddlesteamer and receive a Free Skippers Certificate
Kiosk on board
Fully licensed bar
Easy access on and off the vessel
Special events and entertainment on occasion
- "P.S. Canberra". Murray River Paddlesteamers. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
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