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PS Decoy at Mends Street Jetty
Career (Australia)
Name: PS Decoy
Owner: Chas Cox
Operator: Chas Cox
Builder: Australian Ship Building Industries
Launched: 1986
Identification: Australian Ship No. 852383
Status: in service
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General characteristics
Class and type: paddle steamer
Propulsion: 1905 Ransome Sims and Jefferies twin cylinder steam engine
Capacity: 230 passengers

PS Decoy is a privately owned paddle steamer, believed to be the only sea-going paddle steamer in the Southern Hemisphere. Built in 1986 in Fremantle, Decoy is a replica of the original paddle steamer that operated on the Swan River in the 1870s. She was used in the filming of the television mini-series Cloudstreet, which was based on Tim Winton's novel.

History

Decoy was built by Australian Ship Building Industries in Fremantle in 1986, a replica of the original paddle steamer that operated on the Swan River in the 1870s. Chas Cox purchased Decoy in 1990s and upgraded the vessel.

Engines

Decoy is powered by a 1905 Ransome Sims and Jefferies twin cylinder steam engine, which was salvaged and restored from Bunnings engineering workshops in Manjimup. The engine was totally rebuilt in 1986 with a new oil fired burner and maxitherm boiler fitted.

Service

As of 2011 Decoy is used mainly for weddings and corporate events, operating on the Swan River.

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