Nationality: Australian

Vessel type: Paddle Steamer

Date lost: 1955, 2008 & 2013

Cause of loss: Sunk (3 times) Boundary Bend, Euston & Morgan

Number of Casualties: Nil

Discovery date: Originally re-floated in 1998

Location/water depth: Morgan – under restoration

The historic paddle-steamer Canally was originally built in 1907. Significant to the river trade along the Murray, and also had a key role in the construction of the Murray River Lock system.

She was also invaluable during high water events due to her powerful steam engine. Often referred to as the ‘Greyhound of the River’ because of her speed she worked for many years along the Murray as a paddle boat and barge

Perhaps karma caught up with her, as she sunk herself the first time in 1957 at Boundary bend, again in 2008 at Euston and once more in Morgan in 2013.

Tied to the Hero at Boundary Bend, she met her first encounter with the depths of the Murray, after the Hero burnt to River level, leaving the Canally to sink.

Cool fact

This work boat was not always popular with other river vessels, as she produced a tremendous wash, sinking dinghies and other smaller boats in her wake. As the Canally is in the process of being restored to her original Paddle Boat Status. She will be a great asset to the town of Morgan as she will be able to take tourists on daily cruises.

Sinking at Euston

Raising Canally at Boundry Bend

Captain T. H. Freeman


Objects of interest (artefacts, images or other collection items) associated with the shipwreck story.

We do have some of the original decking planks in storage, and some have been crafted in souvenirs.

AMMC Member Institution

Morgan Museum

submitted by Di Hausler

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