PS Captain Proud excursion May 2012

PS Captain Proud at the Murray Bridge wharf

PS Captain Proud at the Murray Bridge wharf

Another outing that I did, going back to May 2012, was a short cruise on the paddle steamer, Captain Proud, based at Murray Bridge in South Australia. A friend of mine from Naracoorte in South Australia came along with me, let’s call him ‘Mr D’. Neither of us had been for a cruise on a paddle steamer before so we had primarily booked the shorter cruise just for the experience.


Captain Proud's left side paddle wheel

Captain Proud’s left side paddle wheel

After nearly three hours travelling with a short break half way, we arrived at Murray Bridge and found where the boat was moored at the main wharf. After a short wait and sorting out our booking for the cruise we were given the signal to go aboard.


Swanport Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia

Swanport Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia

We had only booked the 1-hour cruise so we headed south toward the Swanport Bridge. This is the newest bridge over the Murray River in South Australia and was completed when the South Eastern Freeway out of Adelaide was completed to this point, and the Murray Bridge township itself was by-passed.


Approaching the wharf at the end of the cruise

Approaching the wharf at the end of the cruise

As it turned out, Mr D and I were the only ones taking the cruise on this particular occasion so we were able to spend some of the time upstairs chatting to the Captain. After explaining to him that I had an affinity with the river in that the first paddle steamer on the Murray was built by my great, great step uncle, he suggested we visit the Mannum Dock Museum.


Having plenty of time after the cruise we decided to drive up to Mannum and spend an hour or so  at the museum before making our way back to Naracoorte. I had been to the museum myself previously but Mr D hadn’t. But I’ll write about that part of the trip in another post.


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David grew up on a farm in the South East of South Australia. After leaving school he worked on the farm for 14 years before managing another family property for 8 years. He then worked for the South Australian government inspecting Certified Seed Crops for 24 years. He is now a Carer for his wife and guardian for a grandson.

His late father had often had a camera not too far away, back when film cameras were all manual. David himself first used a box Brownie camera in his teens. In recent years David has used a compact digital camera and more recently a Digital SLR. A pick selection of his later photos can be found in website for purchase as post cards, greeting cards, canvas prints, framed photos, or as posters as large as A0, equivalent to 16 A4 pages laid out together! Use the link available in the "Outside Links" on the right.

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