Thirty kilometres up the River Murray is the historic town of Mannum. The first paddle-steamer built here was called the ‘Mary Ann’, which was closely followed by the first of a fleet of ships in a growing paddle-steamer industry. The Randell ‘Dry Dock’, a graving dry dock is one of a few timber floating dry docks to have been constructed in Australia, and was the only graving dock on the inland.


Inside one of the tiny passenger cabins on the paddle-steamer ‘PS Marion’.


After many years of drought it is good to see high river levels and there are many trees that germinated and grew on the exposed river bed that have now died since flooding, creating fish breeding grounds and perches for wetland birds. Images taken with Fujifilm X-E1, 18-55mm lens, Adobe Photoshop Raw and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

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