Has Anyone Seen this in the Simpson?

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 15:05
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Good afternoon all,

Recently a friend of mine recently did some Simpson Desert travels .

When I bumped into him in the street on Friday, we had a good chat and then he said something that blew me away.......

"Did you ever see this hand made dingy in your travels through the Simpson"
We have been to this location a number of times before, but now it gives me another excuse to go there again to try and find it.

I do not want the location made public, but just wondering if any other Simpson explorers have ever seen this hand made boat out in the desert that would have to be over 100 years old.


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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 15:29

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 15:29
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Hi Stephen,

Your "boat" rang a bell but I could not place it so I tried Googling.
Came up with a couple but they do not sound like yours.
Charles Sturt's boat.
Burke & Wills boat. Scroll down to picture.

Yours looks as though it was made from scraps of sheet steel and lots of rivets.

There have been some very odd adventures in the Outback over the years.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 16:15

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 16:15
Hi Allan

Yes she was hand made from sheet metal and was riveted together with hundreds of copper rivets, what that cost alone would have been a lot of money. The copper rivets were the same type, as used in saddle making.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 16:34

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Hmmmm Stephen,

Sounds like an amateur build, possibly from a station or like where saddles may have been made....... interesting?

Perhaps you can tell me 'on the quiet' where it is. Going Simpson in early Sept.
Hay river via Warburton Track if open.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:06

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:06
Hi Allan

Send me $10,000 and I will tell you were you can go.......lol

...........It's all taken care off, so hope you can find it.



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:08

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I suppose you want it in small bills too. Thanks a lot... really. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:19

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:19
For sure, $20 notes be just fine.....lol

The list location that I told you about goes back to the late 1880's, so you see why I have put it in the 100 year old plus time frame.



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:27

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Are they still issuing Twenties?

MM sent. Where are you off to next?
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:38

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 17:38
I reckon that is the boat that is on Eyre Creek.........not saying exactly where, but you won't see it if you don't go walking......

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 19:34

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 19:34
My immediate thoughts too Peter, based on the general look of the pic background . . . makes sense as it is probably the only real flowing creek one would use such a dinghy.
Eyre Ck is mighty wide though if including flood plains to either side, but most likely on the main channel is the best place to start looking.

Stephen, Adria Downs might know about it (if it IS on Eyre Ck), and any possible known history.
My recollections of reading up on early 'inland sea' explorers was they mainly carried wooden boats, in pieces, so this is most likely into the oil exploration era.

My guess it would be perhaps associated with the company Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG) or other such, as a means to get supplies across a flooded Eyre Ck.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 19:46

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 19:46
Hi Peter

Full marks and how long ago did you see it. To me it would be great to get the Birsdville history group involved and have it brought back to its former glory and put on display in the Vistitor Centre.

Hi Les

The CGG were doing their Simpson surveys in the early 1960's and the area where is is located is avery long way from their survey routes.

The build of the dingy goes back at least 100 years and at least 60 - 80 years before they were in the Simpson.



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 22:00

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What Les ?????

"Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CGG)" exploring the Simpson in 1963 would cobble together a boat using copper rivets?

Hmmmm, yeah, righto!
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 23:08

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 23:08
Who knows Allan ?
I think who ever took it there didn't knock it up on site, they would have brought it in ready to float.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 10:18

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 10:18
I have to admit that I have not seen it, but 6 of us went for a long walk and one of the party saw the boat and photographed it. It is definitely the same one.
I missed seeing it by about 10m.
That was on 11th June this year, just 5 weeks ago.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 14:05

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Hi Peter

That is a similar time when George and Sally were out there.

You did not happen to be there with them?

It can be a very small world at times.


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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 17:51

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I don't think I know George and Sally Stephen.
No one else was there while we were there (3 days from recollection).
We were 2 OKAs, a Canter and a 79 Series.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 19:23

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 19:23
Hi Peter

Thanks for that, but you would not George and his vehicle.

I bet you were kicking yourself for not seeing it, but that gives you another excuse to go there again.


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Reply By: eighty matey - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 09:21

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We just spent three nights crossing the Simpson East to West with Bob Y and the Paige brothers.They are currently on a West to East crossing of the Madigan Line.
When Bob sees this post it will give him another reason to venture out into the Simpson.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 10:24

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 10:24
Eighty, I do think Bob managed to get permission to come back via the normally off limits Madigan camps 23 and 24, but the usual exit out down from camp 22 follows Eyre Ck bypass right onto the QAA line :)

Bit of a pity to not go that way, but getting to see camps 23 and 24 is a good thing for sure.
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Follow Up By: eighty matey - Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 18:35

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 18:35
G'day Les,

sorry for the delay in replying. We've been poking around the Alice Springs area lately and we're back in the Community now.

Bob should be back home now. He did get permission to travel through to Camps 23 and 24. It would have been a good trip and he can tick that one off his list.
Next year he's planning to get over to WA and drive the Canning Stock Route.

I might get to meet you one day. Bob keeps calling me Les and he reckons it's your fault.

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Reply By: Nacho - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 17:17

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 17:17
Maybe put there by the same peolpe who did The Marree Man
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 18:18

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 18:18
Hi Nacho

I do not think so. The Marree man was made in the mid 1990's and the dingy is in a very remote, out of the way place in the Simpson Desert and around a hundreds years older that the Marree Man



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Follow Up By: Nacho - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 21:36

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Clearly I should have added LOL !!!!!
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 19:42

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 19:42
Great find! I'll have a stab at Kallacoopah Creek?
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 20:12

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Hi Phil

It sure was a great find, but only wish I was there to see it.

We have been to the location 3 times over the years and I never know it was there.

But to your answer, sorry but a very long way from there.




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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 20:40

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Haha.... bugger!!
So what's left, the Macumba maybe or the Hale or the Plenty Rivers? Pretty dry. .... maybe the Hay River but nobody would be silly enough to cart a steel boat to Lake Caroline to catch a few Shield Shrimp.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 21:02

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Ha ha, still not those one Phil, but anywhere out there is great.



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