Elegant houseboat, anyone?

My brother in law tells me this is the style of the old Tasmanian west coast piners huts – there was no cleared or flat land to live on, and they moved around a lot, so they lived on the water.

This one was equipped with artificial turf and a bush band (and very good they were too). And note the lady steering from the rear door can’t see where they are going, I assume the guys up front yell out which way to go!

Commercial pining on the wets coast began in the 1860s and was the heart of the area for over 100 years until 1964 when cutting ceased. There was also a Piner’s Punt whiich carried men and supplies along the Gordon, Franklin, Jane and Dennison Rivers to camps. The men worked in these small camps and cut one tree a day, six days a week.
Huon Pine was floated down the Gordon and collected at this point by a boom, a wire rope attached to logs which extended across the river. The logs were formed into rafts and transferred to Strahan by small steamers like the Glen Turk. Convicts on Sarah Island were put to work turning the great trees into ships.

Lumix FZ35 – 106_0810


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