May 3rd – Paddle Steamer

Paddlesteamer

The business end of a paddle-steamer, the Sydney Showboat II.

It was the elaborate (and bright red) web of ironwork that caught drew my attention to the Showboat II. I took the photo of the rear of the boat, knowing that the interest (challenge?) was how I cropped the final image.

Australia still boasts a dozen or so fully operational paddle steamers, with several operating on the Murray River. Included is the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer in the world – the PS Adelaide, which was built in 1866.

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