PS Hero

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PS Hero

Attractions Echuca

Description

Built over 100 years ago in 1874, Hero is arguably the most luxurious paddle steamer operating on the Murray River today.

Hero can cater for up to 75 passengers and is a genuine steam driven paddle steamer. Steam away on your very own enchanted journey today by booking a corporate function, wedding, charter or overnight cruise.

The Hero was built at Echuca in 1874 by George Linklater, the same person who built the world's oldest paddle steamer, the PS Adelaide in 1866. Hero worked the river trade until the 1930s when she was sold to Arbuthnot Sawmills where she worked as a logging boat. In 1942, the Hero and two barges were purchased by the Forests Commission and moved to Echuca for restoration.

The refurbished Hero and barges were put to work carting firewood from Barmah Forest to the Echuca Wharf where the firewood was transported to Melbourne by rail. The firewood had been cut into 1 foot blocks using Italian prisoners of war for labour. On one journey, enough wood was carted to fill thirty-two rail trucks.

In 1950 the Hero and barges moved to Mildura after being sold to the Collins Bros. During the 1952 floods, she and a barge steamed down to Renmark where they would cart firewood for the steam pumps at Berri & Renmark.

1956 saw the Hero sold to Chislett Bros at Boundary Bend where she again worked as a logging boat. During the floods of that year she rescued flood bound cattle. In january of 1957 she caught fire, was badly burnt and later sank. Over the years she was stripped and slowly deteriorated. Her paddle wheels were removed and installed on todays P.S. Pride of the Murray.

In 1989 Gary and Irene Byford purcahsed what remained of the Hero. Several attempts were made to raise her until eventually, in Febuary 1998, the hull was finally raised, loaded onto a semitrailer and brought to Echuca. After heavy repairs to her hull, she was refloated in September 2000 and completely restored.

Please call us 0458 101 874 for more information or to book.

Onion Patch, 2 Heygarth St, Echuca VIC, 3564

Directions

The PS Hero's Mooring is located at the Onion Patch, which is accessed via the rear of the carpark at the Echuca Moama Visitor Information Centre

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be offered on cancellations up to 24 hours prior to departure. Within 24 hours of departure no refunds will be offered.

Phone: 0458 101 874
Mobile: 0458 101 874