Cruising the river
Steaming on regular intervals throughout the year, visitors to the Riverland can experience the ambience of the Murray River.
Visitors experience the atmosphere of a bygone era onboard the Paddle Steamer (PS) Industry.
The PS Industry was built at Goolwa by the State Government and commissioned in 1911 as a workboat for the SA Engineering and Water Supply Department. It was designed specifically to remove snags from the river, clearing the passage for other river steamers and to drive piles where needed. The Industry was later used in the construction and maintenance of the locks and weirs.
When Renmark was threatened by the highest water levels ever recorded along the Murray during the 1956 Flood, the Industry stood by with steam up, ready to evacuate those who remained during those critical days of the flood when a total evacuation appeared imminent.
The PS Industry was retired in 1969 and replaced by the steel work boat 'Maratala', which is the aboriginal name for 'industry'.
The PS Industry was given to the town of Renmark in 1970, where it became a floating static museum along the Renmark riverfront. The local community worked to restore the vessel to steam working order with the help of many volunteers.
In 1990 the PS Industry featured in the film ‘River Kings’.
In 1995, the PS Industry was recommissioned as a historic passenger type vessel with financial commitments being met by running cruises and taking charters. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the tireless volunteers and community sponsors, the PS Industry will continue to be enjoyed by many more generations of visitors to Renmark.