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Operating Area : Murray River / Lake Mulwala, Australia
Above : Cumberoona in October 2019, by kind courtesy of Malcolm Oliver
Built: 1986 at Albury by Chapple Brothers Engineering
Length : 25.2 m x breadth 6.5 m
Engines : 2 x 16 hp Buffalo Pitt simple steam engines, dating from 1906 and 1908 allowing the wheels to operate independently
***** additional diesel-electric drive added as an economy measure due to the high cost of wood supplies *****
Fuel : wood
in 1986 by the town of Albury to help celebrate Australia's
The ship was sailed on by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in May 1988
Originally operated by volunteers, she was taken over by Albury City Council in 1992
substantially renewed after it grounded in low water in 2006.
In January 2014 the council
appealed for potential operators to come forward now that the she was
back in servicable condition.
On Nov 17th it was reported that she had been sold for AUD
30,000 to Messrs Robbie and Fraser Knowles of Yarrawonga.
to the water in early March 2015 to reach Yarrawonga.
Below : More photos by Malcolm Oliver from October 2019
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