MOONLIGHT OVER THE MURRAY, ECHUCA WHARF
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I was inspired to recreate this scene of the magnificently restored paddle steamers and the wharf of Echuca after a visit there in 2000.
Be it waves of the ocean or the ebb and flow of a river; water and her vessels, fascinate me. The mighty Murray especially at night with the moonlight creating crisp reflections on the water is an image worth capturing.
After a photographic trip onboard The Adelaide to consolidate my knowledge for the steamers and their river home, I was hooked.
The grace with which The Adelaide negotiated the ambling river course, combined with her power and thrashing from the turning paddle wheels, spurred me on to try and capture the historic days of steam.
In this work, showing The Pevensy, The Alexander Arbuthnot and The Adelaide, with the famed Echuca Wharf, I hope I have conveyed a feeling of the timeless beauty of the Murray and her consorts.
As Pevensy is moored to the wharf, Alexander Arbuthnot approaches her berth to disembark her passengers. The Adelaide passes Alexander Arbuthnot on her starboard side and moves up river after a late night charter.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PADDLE STEAMERS IN ECHUCA, VICTORIA
Echuca and Moama has a very rich heritage stemming from its days as a bustling Paddle Steamer Port and together with Moama has the world's largest Paddle Steamer fleet in the world today. In the hey day of the Port of Echuca around about two hundred Paddle Steamers worked on the River.
The 1.2 kilometre wharf was built in 1865 and was the scene of great activity, second only to the Port of Melbourne. The wharf built of red river gums, has three levels to cope with the changing levels of the River Murray.
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