Historical information

The P.S.Adelaide was built in Echuca in 1866 and was used to bring timber into the Murray River Sawmill. When she was replaced by rail and road transport she was removed from the river and set up as a static display in Hopwood Gradens for the tourists and locals to admire. Local men and women knew of her value as an old historic paddle steamer and knew that she needed to be returned to the rive or she would literally fall apart at the seams. The funds were raised, restoration was done and she was returned to the river. This photograph was taken with her under full steam, travelling up the river to test out her boilers/engines. She is the only paddle steamer in Echuca with two steam engines, 16h.p. each.


As the paddle steamer Adelaide is the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer it was important that she be fully restored and put back in the water so she would not deteriorate beyond repair. Now that she is back in the water and is an operating vessel she holds the title of being the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating in the world. She is now part of our museum.

Physical description

Black & white photograph showing the P.S.Adelaide under full steam in the middle of the Murray River September 1985. To the side of the paddle steamer can be seen house boats moored. The river is at a relatively high level in this shot. The P.S.Adelaide is the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating in the world.

Inscriptions & markings

Ad. trials day 10 Sept 1985
H. Coulson