Engineer, stoker, shipwright, ship's captain -- a congregation in a coastal town often includes such men.
Busselton C of E.
Robed type minister in biretta greets exiting congregation
CU Canon Davies
7 1/2 ft
MS Canon talks to flock
Ha LS Canon's boat shed
12 1/2 ft
MS Boat shed and river fore boat emerges
16 1/2 ft
Davies out MS walks around boat raises mast 21 1/2 then round to raise smoke stack 26 1/2
CU pressure gauge on board
32 1/2 ft
LS oldies and kids of Busselton on the bridge watch
MS kids perched on bridge
35 1/2 ft
Canon MS oils up steam boat
37 1/2 ft
CU polishing piston rods
40 1/2 ft
MS Canon moves round oiling
43 1/2 ft
MS kids on bridge
Boat in water drifting with current ..Canon out shed 46 - picks up rope 48
49 1/2 ft
Big woman - wife signalling what to do (& another woman)
MS Canon dragging it alongside
MS paddle wheel section swings
Kid paddle by on raft type boat
RV Canon steps into this boat
67 1/2 ft
Lights CU match to light rag & lights boiler; loading wood 72 1/2
76 1/2 ft
Tunnel fore smoke with Mrs. D. & other on bank opposite
78 1/2 ft
Canon Davies waiting for steam up
80 1/2 ft
MS sitting in boat waiting
CU gauge going up 26 lbs
CU shovelling coal
Section of funnel CU
CU gauge now up to about 60 lb
88 1/2 ft
Passengers get in - boy and girl
CU hand on bow lets steam into cylinders
MS little boat off zoom out to pan with along river
104 1/2 ft
FV boat with kids comes towards
CU SV past with passengers
109 1/2 ft
MS lowering mast 114 1/2 whistle toots 117 hand ready to lower funnel
Boat towards hand still on funnel starts lower 120
LA going under bridge away from camera
124 1/2 ft
LS emerging from bridge ... mast up stack up
128 1/2 ft
CU paddle wheel
131 1/2 ft
Canon leans back shovelling coal
133 1/2 ft
RV ditto & see engine working
MCU piston rods
138 1/2 ft
MLS chugging along
142 1/2 ft
CU JUMA on bow
RV JUMA away twds big bridge
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Background: Engineer, stoker, shipwright, ship's captain -- a congregation in a coastal town often includes such men. Busselton in Western Australia has them all in one man, Canon Davies. Now he's retired from full parish duties much of his time is spent on the nearby Vasse River.
Canon Davies designed and built the paddle-steamer in 1993. It's been in dry dock while he served in an inland parish. Now, he's retired to the Western Australian coast at Busselton, south of Perth; and has revived his boating interests.
Busselton takes a great interest in the river boat and her captain. For Canon Davies it's an absorbing and highly satisfying hobby. He takes care of everything on the little boat.
The boat has an overall length of fourteen ft.. The Canon's wife is often a passenger, but this time she chose to be a land-lubber, while her husband undertook river trials.
The operation is watched by observers of all ages, who often have their own ideas on the ideal river-craft. It's a slow operation ... a hobby for a patient man. Lighting the boiler is only a preliminary to moving-off. There's a long wait for steam pressure to build-up.
The Gauge climbs steadily.
With pressure up to sixty-pounds, it' time to take the passengers aboard.
The two-cylinder engine comes to life, and they move out into mid-stream.
The squat little craft chugs lazily downstream. Her design may seem outmoded, but she's a popular vessel in Busselton.
There are unexpected refinements -- necessary to cope with unavoidable obstacles.
Paddle-steamers are a rare sight today in Australia, so they're a popular tourist attraction where they can still be found. Canon Davies' boat is no exception. She has an added attraction -- passage is free. She's reliable, too. Her owner-skipper can guarantee her performance. He has known his vessel since it first took shape on the drawing board while he was still engaged in parish duties.