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From the time that work commenced on the railway from the Mount Lyell Copper mines at Queenstown until 1899 when the track was extended to Regatta Point, the railhead town of Teepookana was a hive of activity. During the last years of the nineteenth century it was the fourth busiest port in Tasmania. At its peak, Teepookana was home to about 200 people. Most residents were railway workers.
Situated at the highest navigable point of the King River, the township acted as a port facility for the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company. Two steamers, the Pioneer and Eagle, and over a dozen barges, or ‘lighters’, plied the King River, carrying coal, passengers, goods and mail for shipment by rail to the copper mines, and copper for shipment from the Strahan port facilities. Today, the skeletons of two Huon pine lighters can be seen at the Fishermens Wharf.
This shot of one of the sunken lighters at Strahan, Tasmania was taken with my Pentax k-r on 30 April 2012.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6