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SS Decoy


Meandering down the Swan river on the paddle steamer Decoy, with drinks and nibbles and the Gumnut Stompers Jazz Band perambulating round the decks playing requests, was a pleasant way to spend a lazy sunny Sunday afternoon, though the paddles didn’t take us too far, just to Matilda Bay. The wind was a bit Boarding the SS Decoy 2 gusty and a few white caps on the water made race sailing for the young sailors from Royal Perth Yacht Club in bathtub like dinghies a bit precarious as some of the tail enders submitted to being towed back to base. Paddles barely turning, we limped back to Perth Water and wallowed for a while; spotting where the dolphins would next rise from the water, kept our heads swivelling and us entertained, before the vessel nudged into the wharf on the Perth side of the river – no, there was to be no premature disembarkation, rather a need to fill the tanks with fuel! With a little more energy, the vessel paddled towards the Narrows for another ‘rest’, before turning and heading back to dock at its mooring in South Perth. A hearty thank-you to Hazel and Steph for their taxi service to and fro, as Sally and Lyn were off to the cricket; no time to drive the bus up the hill and get to the game on time!
Meandering down the Swan river on the paddle steamer Decoy, with drinks and nibbles and the Gumnut Stompers Jazz Band perambulating round the decks playing requests, was a pleasant way to spend a lazy sunny Sunday afternoon, though the paddles didn’t take us too far, just to Matilda Bay. The wind was a bit Boarding the SS Decoy 2 gusty and a few white caps on the water made race sailing for the young sailors from Royal Perth Yacht Club in bathtub like dinghies a bit precarious as some of the tail enders submitted to being towed back to base. Paddles barely turning, we limped back to Perth Water and wallowed for a while; spotting where the dolphins would next rise from the water, kept our heads swivelling and us entertained, before the vessel nudged into the wharf on the Perth side of the river – no, there was to be no premature disembarkation, rather a need to fill the tanks with fuel! With a little more energy, the vessel paddled towards the Narrows for another ‘rest’, before turning and heading back to dock at its mooring in South Perth. A hearty thank-you to Hazel and Steph for their taxi service to and fro, as Sally and Lyn were off to the cricket; no time to drive the bus up the hill and get to the game on time!

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