Up The Creek, WITH A Paddle

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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So close to the water – but yet so far!

It’s not often you get a chance to shoot the whole paddle that once propelled a mighty paddle steamer (or “sternwheeler” as they’re also called).

This is the mammoth stern of the S. S. Klondike, that played such an integral role in the Yukon’s gold rush era. The paddles were calibrated to perform at a optimum number of rpm (revolutions per minute) so that they were actually pushing water, not air!

As you can imagine, there was a lot of pressure on the firemen who stoked the boilers in the engine room.

I shot this in Whitehorse, where the vessel is now a permanent tourist attraction.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/250 sec, ISO 200, focal length 38mm.

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