The PS Canberra is the oldest river boat in the Murray River Paddlesteamer fleet. She has been operating as a commercial vessel since 1913 which we believe makes her the longest running commercial vessel in Australian History. Maritime Survey Australia is proud to have completed an annual periodic survey inspection on this beautifully preserved vessel.
Commissioned by the Connor family in 1912, she was built by Milne and Son at the mouth of the Murray in Goolwa, South Australia, and launched on the 2nd of August 1913. She has a composite timber/steel hull and was originally used as a single deck fishing steamer and cargo vessel. In 1945, the PS Canberra was sold to the Collins family in Mildura where a second deck was added and her career as a tourist vessel began. In 1966, she steamed to Echuca, where she again pioneered the tourist trade. During 2002-2003 the Canberra underwent a 9-month restoration which involved her being restored from a diesel back to a steam powered vessel making her unique among vessels currently operating on the Murray River.
The PS Canberra runs four hour-long cruises per day. Visit the Murray River Paddlesteamers Echuca website to book your Murray River cruise.
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Our Marine Surveyors are accredited with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), members of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and members of the certifying authority of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS).
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