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    River cruising by paddle vesssel.

    An interesting, but lengthy, video of river cruising by paddle driven vessel, albeit no longer steam powered.

    After spending years watching what is often described as "gangway hurling" by the crew on Waverley and other British vessels the simplicity of this system would seem to have possibilities if tolerated by the powers that be:


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    Re: River cruising by paddle vesssel.

    nice video Gangway hurling a sport sometimes

    dangerous indulged in frequently by assistant pursers

    though gangways were more solid and two abreast rather

    than the feeble ones now in use I don't know if you remember

    the old Mersey system where the gangways were integral to but taller

    than the ships railings

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    Re: River cruising by paddle vesssel.

    River cruising by paddle vesssel. Originally Posted by gillonf River cruising by paddle vesssel.
    the old Mersey system where the gangways were integral to but taller

    than the ships railings
    Do you mean a gangway fixed to the deck edge by a hinge? Most big ships have a gangway like that for access to the quayside.

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    Re: River cruising by paddle vesssel.

    But I imagine Health and Safety law is not nearly as stringent in Bangladesh as it has become in the UK.
    You say "no longer steam powered" but I think these vessels were built as diesel paddlers.
    Alistaird, proud to be a member of National Steam Ship Preservation since Jul 2011.

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    Re: River cruising by paddle vesssel.

    When I did my research on these a few years back I had them down as diesel conversions with Lepcha being the last in 1995

    http://www.paddlesteamers.info/Bangladesh.htm

    I looked at whatever internet sources I could find and came up with the report on the above link

    It would be a surprise for Alistair not to be right, but I'll have to re-check whatever sources I can find

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