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'Python' wreck, Canning River, Shelley
contributed by JockSwa, taken on 11 October 2015
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The Python was a 32m long barge built to transport cargo under tow on the Swan and Canning Rivers during the early 20th century. By 1946 it was no longer required and was offered to Clontarf Boys Home, situated on the Canning River, for the boys to play on. While being towed to the orphanage, it became stuck in shallows a couple of kilometres downstream from the establishment and as it could not be moved, there it remained. It was vandalised and burnt to water level in the 1960s. Pictured is the stern section. The wreck's remains are visible above water during spring low tides. Post markers warn of the threat to navigation.
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