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PS 'Enterprise' built in Echuca, Victoria, in 1878

Object type
Paddle-steamers

Object number
1988.0128.0001

Description
Paddle-steamer 'P S Enterprise'. A white painted wooden-framed and hulled side-wheel paddle-steamer that has a wheelhouse in front of a cabin, and a chimney on her upperdeck. The Beverley Iron Company 12-horsepower two-cylinder steam engine is housed longitudinally in the hull above the boiler. It is between two walkways flanked by the two paddle boxes that are on the lower deck, and it propels the paddle wheels via a chain drive. Small overhanging cabins, which are triangular in plan, are built onto the front of both of the paddle boxes, and their floors form the begining of a sponson deck that continues aft of the paddle boxes and surrounds another cabin on the rear of the hull. The outer wall of both of the paddle boxes is a wooden lattice screen, and a ladder attached to their sloping solid back wall provides access to the upper deck from the sponson deck. The upper deck is formed by the combined roofs of the cabins and paddle boxes below. The vessel has a very shallow draft, there being only 75cms between the waterline and the bottom of her keel. The vessel is fully operational.

Collection name
Graeme Rex and Jane Avril Niehus collection no. 1

Manufacturer
Beverley Iron Coy Limited
Engine

Builder
William Keir
Original hull and superstructure

Restorer
City of Echuca
Restored the hull and superstructure

Restorer
Johns Perry Limited
Built a replica replacement boiler for the restored vessel

Restorer
Lake Goldsmith Steam & General Engineering
Refurbished the original engine for the restored vessel

Place made
Beverley, Yorkshire, England
Engine

Place made
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Original hull and superstructure

Place of restoration
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
Restored hull and superstructure

Place of restoration
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Replica replacement boiler for restored vessel

Date made
1877
Engine

Date made
1876 - 1878
Original hull and superstructure

Date of restoration
1988
The vessel underwent a comprehensive restoration

User
William Keir

User
Mr August Creager

User
Mrs Hilda Creager

User
Mrs Jocelyn H. Brown
nee Creager

User
Mr Kenneth E. Creager

User
Mr Graeme R. Niehus

User
Mrs Jane A. Niehus

Place of use
Murray River, , Australia

Place of use
Darling River, New South Wales, Australia

Place of use
Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales, Australia

Place of use
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Period of use
1878 - 1988
Operated on the Murray-Darling River system

Associated date
03/10/1988
Re-commissioned on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra

Materials
Wood, Metal - non specific, Paint - non specific, Tar, Water, Mineral oil

Dimensions
Length: 17100mm
Width: 4600mm
Weight: 50000kg



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