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A black and white photograph.

From the Collection of Port of Echuca 52 Murray Esplanade Echuca Victoria

Description
A black and white photograph of the barge Ada, on a slipway (possibly Moama). A 4 knot marine sign is next to it.The barge is surrounded by trees.
Size
H 12.5 X L 9 cms.
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Object Registration
P000347
Keywords
murrumbidgee river, wool, ada, murray river, barges, evans saw mills, timber industry, port of echuca, echuca wharf, permewan wright co.
Historical information
The barge Ada, was built in Echuca in 1899. It was 33 metres in length and 6.9 metres wide and was made from timber and iron. It's design was unique as it was half timber, and iron . It was iron above the water line to prevent the wool bales from getting wet. The Ada was used to carry wool from Sheep Stations on the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers down to Echuca Wharf for distribution around the world. The Permewan Wright, Murray Shipping Company owned the Ada. In the 1930's the Ada was sold to the Evans family who used it to transport timber to it's Echuca sawmill. It was purchased by the Port of Echuca in 1974. Here it's seen on the Moama slipway undergoing restoration for Port of Echuca Sept.1979-June 1980. It remains at the Moama Slipway.
When Made
Approx.1980s
Significance
The barge Ada is very significant due to the uniqueness of her design. The hull is timber, up to the water line, then iron from the water line up to protect the bales of wool inside, from water damage. The P.S Pevensey has the same design feature. The Ada has been on static display since 1974 at the Port of Echuca.
Inscriptions & Markings
On the back In blue pen:" Ada Barge"
Last updated
21 Sep 2017 at 11:19AM