Paddle Steamer ‘Oscar W’

My blog posts lately seem to be in response to WordPress weekly photo challenges only. No real change this week, except that I’ve been out and about with my camera this week-end, in spite of daily highs of 40C. Perhaps not very active, but never the less. OK, so here we go, the challenge was rule of thirds. I was in Goolwa on the South Australian cost enjoying a boating festival. Apart from various smaller vessels, some paddle steamers were also there. Magnificent boats they are.


Trying to hold on to the gangway.


Paddle Steamer ‘Oscar W’, gliding towards the quay


Sailor on ‘Oscar W’


Oscar The Paddle Steamer

Time for my project is starting to run out. I thought I’d do a bit of a trip towards Broken Hill. As I was passing Morgan I decided to stop for a coffee. It is quite a nice little place, the day was pleasant and I felt no need to push on, I was perfectly satisfied to read and enjoy the beautiful afternoon. That’s when I saw Oscar. Too late to make Oscar’s acquaintance that day I decided to stay the night at the Commercial.

The Commercial at Morgan

The Commercial at Morgan

The following morning, I made sure that I’d get better acquainted with Oscar. I had a lovely time with the old gentleman.

Oscar's Steam Engine

Oscar’s Steam Engine

Oscar is 105 this year and more or less in original condition. I was lucky that he was at Morgan this weekend, usually one will find him moored at Goolwa.

Oscar The Paddle Steamer

Oscar The Paddle Steamer

Isn’t he a beauty?