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...
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petrushka: Just saw the forecast for Mildura at 47C -- I hope you and Ms. Enna are going to be ok Baz. That's getting dangerous.
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worksforme2: Hey baza,...I know it's hot and dry down under. N.C. is having record rainfall. I would gladly trade some rain for some sunshine....
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Mar 14, 2019 16:49:49 GMT -5
petrushka: tamara68 Laughing with tears in my eyes. And my steak is going to be semolina gruel, due to some tummy upset :-\
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misssunnybunny: So sad to hear the news from New Zealand. Boston Strong supports Kiwi Strong!!
Mar 15, 2019 7:46:22 GMT -5
petrushka: I was gobsmacked when I heard. This is just not us. In all of 2017 we had 37 murders in the country ..... I think the echo chambers of "social media" have a lot to answer for.
Mar 15, 2019 18:45:45 GMT -5
baza: Feeling for our Brothers and Sisters across the ditch Brother petrushka .
Mar 15, 2019 19:27:50 GMT -5
misssunnybunny: petrushka, I thought I read the headline wrong (this stuff happens here, not in NZ). It is frightening the hate that is being spread; it makes my heart hurt.
Mar 15, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -5
saarinista: All of us, IMHO, should try to be civil and kind as much as possible in person and online. I actively Tweet (civilly) on political matters and am horrified by the rancor & trolling on both sides of the spectrum, which only inflames unstable people.
Mar 19, 2019 23:21:20 GMT -5
saarinista: is anyone else watching March Madness?
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worksforme2: doesn't much look like it...
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saarinista: Well, my team is going to the Final Four! I am beyond thrilled. Basketball is life.
Apr 1, 2019 0:47:14 GMT -5
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flashjohn: saarinista, my alma mater, Texas Tech, is also in the final four.
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saarinista: : flashjohn Ruh, roh. Then we have to be mortal enemies for the weekend because I went to MSU!
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