Wednesday, August 27, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - F for Ferry


This is a ferry on the River Murray at Purnong; one of the 11 ferries on the South Australian section of the river. A ferry crossing only takes a few minutes, unlike those of yesteryear which took up to half an hour; they were hand operated. The first ferries across the river were privately owned and attracted fees, but now all are government owned and are free to use.

Another river crossing; at Lyrup. A group of friends and I used this ferry when we rode from Renmark to Berri a couple of years ago; a pleasant break from riding!

In addition to the ferries in South Australia, there are also 7 bridges that cross the river.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see other participants' contributions go to the ABC Wednesdays' site or to see direct links to their own sites go here.

21 comments:

shutter happy jenn said...

What a nice looking ferry! I love that boat! Perfect for sight seeing!

My "F" picture's up here.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

I'd rather cross on a ferry than on a bridge!

I always enjoy your posts; I learn something new every time.

leslie said...

We have lots of bridges here in Vancouver area because of being at the mouth of the Fraser River and all its tributaries. But we also have lots of ferries, too, that take people and supplies to and from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. It's always fun to ride a ferry like ours because they're all like ships!

CaBaCuRl said...

OMG, is that a Leyland P76 there on the ferry?? Hope there is more of a flow in the river where you are...it is all really sad & scary what's happening to the Murray.

magiceye said...

beautiful ferry picture!

Gordon said...

Cabacurl: it certainly is a P76 and its owner intends keeping it running for many more years.

alicesg said...

Very interesting. I had experience in crossing in a ferry in a van when we visited Penang, Malaysia during my childhood. We were so excited back then.

RuneE said...

Very unusual ferry for us. We are a country of ferries and I know only of one that works with cables.

Thank you for sharing!

Dina said...

Oh cool! I could go back and forth on this ferry for hours. Never seen one like this.

Middle Ditch said...

Free ferries??? Blimey! You pay through the nose here.

Lovely pictures though. You live in a great place

Reader Wil said...

Hi Gordon! The second photo looks a bit like our ferry. We live near a river and have to cross it by ferry and I like that far more than a bridge.

Liz said...

That looks like a lovely relaxed way to cross the river.

Gemma said...

Looks like fun!!! Enjoy visiting here.
:-)

Ivar Ivrig said...

Cool looking ferry :-)

Bear Naked said...

That is Fantastic that the Ferry rides are Free.
Looks like it is a Fun ride.

Bear((( )))

Powell River Books said...

Where I live in Coastal BC it takes two ferries to get there. Even though we are on the mainland, it makes it like living on an island. On one side we have the water, but on the other the coastal mountain and forest cut us off. There has been talk of putting a road in to the Vancouver area, but I hope it never happens. I like the remote aspect of our community and I'm sure a road would take that away. Today my contribution is about a special farm that used to located near my town in Coastal BC. I invite you to come see. -- Margy

babooshka said...

I like to view ferries virtually, not be on them.

Tommy said...

nice pictures and post

Rambling Woods said...

You would have needed strong arms in the old days for that ferry...

Denise said...

Our nearest Ferry is about an hour bike ride away, at Newcastle. It means a holiday and an adventure! Great F post G

kouji said...

interesting looking craft. :) thanks for the pictures.