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WHAT would a visit to Murray Bridge be without a visit to its
iconic river – and what better way to see the river than on an
authentic paddle boat?
Captain Proud was originally built as the Proud Lady in
1977 and worked as one of the original showboats on the
The vessel was rebuilt after a fire in 1987 and later
renamed Captain Proud.
In 1993, the vessel entered the River Murray from the sea
at the Murray mouth, near Goolwa, and travelled to Echuca,
the only paddle boat to ever do so.
The Captain Proud has now returned to Murray Bridge and
has been owned by skipper and owner Grieg Donaldson (pic-
tured) for the past seven years.
Licensed to carry 70 guests, Captain Proud features an air-
aconditioned dining room with licensed bar, and seating on
the second level fore and aft decks.
Captain Proud is a real side-paddle wheeler. Its only means
of propulsion are the paddle wheels either side of the boat.
As guests tour the river, they have the opportunity to learn
about local history and see the spectacular birdlife that has
returned after many years of drought.
"Now is the best time to see the river," Mr Donaldson said
"it's absolutely brimming with water animals and the natural
habitat is looking the best it has in years."
Captain Proud is docked on the Main Wharf and bookings
can be made by calling Mr Donaldson on 0466 304 092.
Captain Proud of mighty river paddle boat
AFTER more than 30 years in the indus-
try, Don (pictured) and Kathy
Ruggerio, of Swanport Harvest,
Murray Bridge, know a thing or two about
Swanport Harvest is situated on the banks
of the River Murray, from which it draws its
water for irrigation.
It is one of the very few places in Australia
where lettuce can be grown year-round. The
company also has additional properties in dif-
ferent climatic zones, ensuring the quality,
continuity and consistency of its product.
Swanport Harvest says it has now developed
and perfected a better lettuce: Staycrisp
Fresh cut iceberg lettuces are packed and
vacuum chilled within minutes of harvest.
This process, along with the product's superi-
or packaging, increases its crispness, freshness
and shelf life to in excess of two weeks.
Lettuces are also able to be harvested and
delivered to the market within 24 hours.
Don says buyer loyalty is one of the aims for
"By producing a branded range of lettuce
products and ensuring the highest quality
possible, buyers are guaranteed a better prod-
uct - one that stays crisper and fresher longer,
and is more consistent. Best of all, brand
recognition enables buyers to select the name
they trust every time," he said.
Swanport Harvest produces between six
and seven million heads of their unique let-
tuces each year, supply-
ing SA, Northern
Territory and New
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