Cruise the Port River on ST Yelta | 10 August 2014


ST Yelta is South Australia’s last working steam tug. Built at Sydney’s vast Cockatoo Island Dockyard in 1949 for the Adelaide Steamship Company, the tug spent its working life in Port Adelaide.   Several times a year they fire up its engines (it takes three days to get up enough steam) and offer you the chance to cruise the Port River.

Watch the gleaming pistons of Yelta’s triple expansion steam engine pumping below decks.

View the vestiges of the Port’s maritime past—Hart’s Mill, Fletcher’s slip, ketches Falie and One and All, and the clipper ship City of Adelaide from its deck.

Glimpse dolphins playing in the bow wave and as we continue up river, enjoy a unique view of Torrens Island Quarantine Station and the last remnant of the Port’s original mangrove shoreline.

To  meet demand they have scheduled two cruises. They will depart McLaren Wharf, Port Adelaide at 10am (boarding at 9.30am) and 1pm (boarding at 12.30pm).

Bookings are essential. To book please contact the Museum on 8207 6255 or email

Tickets are $20 per person (concessions not available), includes entry to the SA Maritime Museum and Lighthouse.

Numbers are limited – Yelta can carry up to 55 passengers (no passengers under 5 years of age please).

For more information and ticket details visit the Maritime Museum website.

What:  ST Yelta Steam Tug Cruise

When:   Sunday 10 August 2014 | Cruise boards at 9.30am and 12.30pm

Where:  Board at McLaren Wharf, Port Adelaide (adjacent to the lighthouse)

Who:  Not suitable for children under 5 years

Image Source: South Australian Maritime Museum

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