There were many cases before the weirs were put in where the river ebbed and flowed so much (particularly the Darling River!) that boats on the tail end of the season could get stuck as the river went down and have to camp out in a waterhole until the river rose next year.... Also when floods came down there were times when the river was several miles across and some wool clips were collected directly from the stations by boats several miles from the river proper! One or two of these didn't make it back before the water dropped...
The Murray-Darling river boat era is a fascinating time with rich veins of history...many times I have thought how nice it would be to build a replica paddle boat houseboat and just live on the Murray.......maybe I'll get to do it one day!
The weir here Brother tsm , was commissioned in 1939. Main purpose is irrigation control, and a couple of channels draw off water to western Yic and north west into NSW. Further downstream at Echuca the old inland port - refurbished - and assorted old steamers still operate. Well worth a look if you get down that way.
The PS in the picture has an authentic steam engine in it, but the hull was re-done completely in the 1980's. Looks 'original' but it ain't. It takes people out on cruises - in fact we had our work Xmas function on it last December, a top day out (what I remember of it at least !!)
Nice! I haven't been down the Murray since I was a kid... I lived near the Darling for a while when I was very young, but old enough to remember. Family picnics on the Darling banks, trips to Menindee, then down to Wentworth, camping on the banks of the Murray with my parents and sister when I was about 5...all a long time ago, but it has stuck vividly in my memory! I think when work settles down a bit I might just have to do a trip out there....take the 4x4 and a tent and just experience it all again...
worksforme2: hey nancyb, how are things perkolating with the older gentleman you spoke of a while back?
Jul 28, 2018 18:25:32 GMT -5
nancyb: worksforme2: Relationship died when we had a difference in opinion regarding UFO's and extraterrestrial beings. LOL I weighed in on the nay side and he believed they walk amongst us.
Jul 30, 2018 5:51:07 GMT -5
bc: I can’t stop laughing...go ahead, micromanage and analyze that marriage and see what she will do for you.
Jul 30, 2018 8:17:58 GMT -5
Dan: I think I'd have to see how good a new girlfriend was in the sack before I crossed her off the list -- or kicked her out of bed -- for believing in UFOs. I guess that makes me... male!
Jul 30, 2018 21:25:05 GMT -5
solodriver: It's been so long for me, I might see UFOs my first time. lol
Jul 31, 2018 1:42:47 GMT -5
beachguy: nancyb: He's right. It's all in the X Files, if you care to look.
Jul 31, 2018 3:45:13 GMT -5
nancyb: Dan: It was a tough decision, he was a good lover but the craziness ended things. Been dating since but nothing serious. I paint a lot.
Jul 31, 2018 5:57:00 GMT -5
petrushka: Thing is, someone being a fruit-loop about something like UFOs usually is not confined to one area; even if it is not immediately obvious. People who are nutty about one thing can go off at a tangent any time, I found (...out the hard way).
Jul 31, 2018 7:39:29 GMT -5
greatcoastal: nancyb: Sounds like you Identified a Fucking Object for what it truly is!
Jul 31, 2018 8:25:25 GMT -5
worksforme2: nancyb,...I am going to paint my living room soon as I can decide on the color.
Jul 31, 2018 19:15:08 GMT -5
worksforme2: When it comes to UFO's we always hear about "little green men", why are there never any "little green women"?
Aug 1, 2018 6:21:15 GMT -5
solodriver: I think I recall an episode of "Lost In Space where Dr. Smith was being chased by a green woman
Aug 1, 2018 21:29:17 GMT -5