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The remains of at least six wooden and iron vessels are located in the Port Augusta area. They mainly appear to have been barges or lighters used locally.

Information about their origins is limited and has mostly been gathered through discussions with local residents. Further research and survey work is necessary to identify these vessels and document their histories.

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Old Jeny (name not verified, sometimes referred to as Barge No.4)

Old Jeny 1149  

Location: -32.486597*S 137.76456*E

Vessel type: timber barge

The substantial timber remains of this vessel are a familiar site on the bank northeast of the original Great Western Bridge. Little is known of its early career, but in the 1940s the barge was used by the EWS Department to aid construction of the Great Western Bridge to carry the new Morgan to Whyalla Pipeline. In 1944, surplus to requirements, it was sold but subsequently abandoned without being moved.

Wooden Barge - Old Salt Works

Wooden Barge - Old Salt Works  

Location: -32.434430*S 137.756923*E

Vessel type: timber barge

The remains of this wooden barge, similar to the more intact Old Jeny, are located in the mangroves on the western side of the Old Salt Works railway abutment. It is likely that this vessel was used for the transhipment of salt to the Port Augusta wharves.

Note: You can access this site by boat or kayak, but landowner permission may be needed to access by land.

Unidentified Timber Vessel - Old Salt Works

Unidentified Wooden Punt - Old Salt Works  

Location: -32.434561*S 137.756533*E

Vessel type: possibly timber bin barge

The remains of a rectangular-shaped, blunt-bowed wooden vessel can be found near the railway abutment at the Old Salt Works site. Its former use is unknown but was probably a bin-barge or punt. Most of its timbers are in advanced stages of decay and its iron fasteners are highly corroded.

Note: You can access this site by boat or kayak, but landowner permission may be needed to access by land.

Unidentified Iron Vessel - Boat Ramp

Unidentified Iron Vessel - Boat Ramp.jpg  

Location: -32.486355*S 137.758892*E

Vessel type: iron hopper barge or pontoon

The remains of an iron vessel (possibly a pontoon) are located on the edge of the mangroves, south of the Port Augusta West boat ramp.

Unidentified Iron Barge

Unidentified Iron Barge - Caravan Park  

Location: -32.477574*S 137.765214*E

Vessel type: iron barge

The substantial remains of a former iron barge are located in the mangroves, south of the Shoreline Caravan Park at Port Augusta West. In the 1930s this barge was converted to a 'floating palais' (dance venue), before it broke from its moorings in a storm and drifted to its current location where it was abandoned.

Unidentified Wooden Vessel - Back Beach

Unidentified Wooden Vessel - Back Beach  

Location: vicinity of -32.507402*S 137.770417*E

Vessel type: unknown

The outline of a vessel is evident in the mud at low tide near the Flying Doctor Station at Back Beach. Little of the structure is evident, but ballast stones and some timber and iron remains can be seen.

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