• Short Summary

    She's one of last of her kind.

    The days of the big river boats along the?

  • Description

    Supered title 4 gv steamer down river
    6 ft

    cs through paddle wheel to bank
    7 ft

    pistons and engine room
    8 1/2 ft

    engineer in eng room John Norris
    10 ft

    cs pressure gauge
    11 ft

    whistle blowing
    12 ft

    ls Renella on bank
    16 ft

    travel ducks on land
    19 ft

    fr bank Marion down stream
    22 ft

    Capt drage at wheel
    24 ft

    ls entering lock four
    27 ft

    cs throws line over thing
    27 1/2 ft

    Marion in lock
    29 1/2 ft

    men turn thing to close gates
    31 1/2 ft

    mls gates close
    35 ft

    mls marion in lock
    37 ft

    fireman feeding wood to boiler
    40 ft

    anr shot sv
    42 1/2 ft

    rva cs as throws woodmin
    44 ft

    closes boiler doors cs
    45 1/2

    men turn wheel to open gate
    48 ft

    cs funnel whistle blows
    50 1/2 ft

    wheel starts to move 51 1/2
    54 ft

    travel crowd on shore
    55 1/2 ft

    bod waves from wheel house
    57 ft

    more timber into boiler
    58 ft

    piston working
    59 ft

    through bridge window as steams on
    61 ft

    hulks of river barges
    64 ft

    sv in wheelhouse as Capt and wrestle with wheel
    65 1/2 ft

    another shot bulk
    67 1/2

    more debris by bank as passes
    70 1/2 ft

    fvls Marion down stream
    77 1/2 ft

    cliffs fr boat slight pan
    79 1/2 ft

    tilt from superstructure men working
    83 1/2 ft

    ms cleaning windows
    85 ft

    other men tightening stays
    87 1/2 ft

    cs binding rope
    89 ft

    la Marion towards dowmstream
    94 ft

    dining room saloon door man appears 95 rings bell 96
    98 ft

    Into kitchen bod takes pot to table where two birds work
    103 1/2 ft

    cs woman serving
    106 ft

    cs carving meat
    108 ft

    mcs man as carves
    110 ft

    gv staff as take meal from severy
    111 1/2 ft

    into gv dining room men eating
    117 ft

    ls Marion down stream
    120 ft

    cs paddle wheel turning
    121 ft

    ls Marion tied up at Bowhill
    123 ft

    ms Playford seated signs on
    125 ft

    cs Playford
    126 ft

    cs Playford signing
    127 1/2 ft

    Playford presented with T shirt over head
    132 ft

    cs laughing captain
    133 ft

    ms Playford and captain now
    135 ft

    pulling out from wharf Marion
    136 1/2 ft

    cs Playford hauling rope see 139
    140 ft

    ha bowhill wharf as boat away
    141 ft

    Playford assisting stoker
    143 ft

    cs pressure gauge
    144 ft

    ms Playford steering as Capt advises
    146 ft

    man waves fr wharf as pass
    147 1/2 ft

    cs paddle wheel turns
    148 ft

    pan over small craft to Marion 149 1/2 down river crew on deck
    153 1/2 ft

    cs sign welcome Marion
    155 ft

    smoke billows from funnel tilt to crew 158
    159 ft

    from Marion crowds on Bank
    163 1/2 ft

    mls crew on deck tilt to Playford and wife 166
    166 1/2 ft

    cs Playford and wife
    169 ft

    coming into wharf band there too
    122 1/2 ft

    Captain with crew as tie up
    174 1/2 ft

    cs crowd
    175 1/2 ft

    postman along gangway with mail
    178 ft

    gv rec grand with Marion in back
    182 ft


    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: She's one of last of her kind.

    The days of the big river boats along the Murray are over. Even the tourist paddle-streamers are disappearing from the scene.

    It's the Marion's last voyage. She's heading downstream to Mannum in South Australia. Captain Drage has been at the helm for 35 years, guiding the steamer through the locks.

    Lock Four at Book Purnong is one of the series of locks across the Murray begun too late to save the river-boats from the competition of trail and road.

    The Marion's been on the river more than 60 years, but her boilers are still capable of a reliable performance. The fireman - Arthur Hisgrove, a member of the National Trust, is kept busy feeding the furnace. Steam is up, ready to turn the paddle as the gates open.

    The Marion won't be passing here again.

    The Murray is its own museum, its banks strewn with reminders of the barges that carried the produce of the interior to the coastal ports.

    The last voyage was without incident - No snags or floating debris trapped the steamer - a common fate in the eighteen-seventies.

    For the crew, it was a busy time. At the end of the five-day voyage down river, the Marion would have to be ship-shape. She'd be tying up to become a museum.

    Not for passengers this trip.

    The staff here is kept on its toes just providing for the 34 crew members. In charge of the galley is the skipper's wife, Mrs. Drage.

    The galley once served the finer delicacies that appeal to the tourist palate. The dining room for years buzzed with the talk of travellers from all over Australia and from overseas.

    In her time the Marion's head many crewmen. At Bowhill she signed on one more hand - the Premier of South Australia, Sir Thomas Playford.

    The new crewman was issued with regulation kit, and then Captain Drage gave a quick resume of a deck-hand's duties...

    The new man's instruction was necessarily a hasty one. The journey of 2-hundred-and-40 miles was almost over.

    This was the end...they'd reached the river port of Mannum.

    The deck hand was again a Premier, who announce a Government grant of one-thousand pounds towards the preservation of the Marion.

    Captain Drage and his crew have completed their last voyage. For the last time, the mail goes ashore. The paddle steamer Marion has retired.

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