• Short Summary

    Engineer, stoker, shipwright, ship's captain -- a congregation in a coastal town often includes such men.

  • Description

    Busselton C of E.
    3 ft

    Robed type minister in biretta greets exiting congregation
    6 ft

    CU Canon Davies
    7 1/2 ft

    MS Canon talks to flock
    10 ft

    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
    31 ft

    CU pressure gauge on board
    32 1/2 ft

    LS oldies and kids of Busselton on the bridge watch
    34 ft

    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
    45 ft

    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)
    51 ft

    MS Canon dragging it alongside
    58 ft

    MS paddle wheel section swings
    59 ft

    Kid paddle by on raft type boat
    63 ft

    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
    83 ft

    CU gauge going up 26 lbs
    84 ft

    CU shovelling coal
    86 ft

    Section of funnel CU
    87 ft

    CU gauge now up to about 60 lb
    88 1/2 ft

    Passengers get in - boy and girl
    92 ft

    CU hand on bow lets steam into cylinders
    94 ft

    MS little boat off zoom out to pan with along river
    104 1/2 ft

    FV boat with kids comes towards
    108 ft

    CU SV past with passengers
    109 1/2 ft

    LS towards
    114 ft

    MS lowering mast 114 1/2 whistle toots 117 hand ready to lower funnel
    117 ft

    Boat towards hand still on funnel starts lower 120
    120 ft

    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
    135 ft

    MCU piston rods
    138 1/2 ft

    MLS chugging along
    142 1/2 ft

    CU JUMA on bow
    143 ft

    RV JUMA away twds big bridge
    146 ft


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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.

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