Brisbane central business district looking across the Brisbane River from River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, c 1932

Queensland State Archives posted a photo:

Sunday Mail
Sunday 13 Nov 1932

The Old River
Forty Years Ago
Memories of Little Ships

The Brisbane River today is the finest tidal stream in Australia for marine purposes. In the upper reaches the largest ocean-going liners can swing with ease, and the river winds through the busy heart of the city, from Cannon Hill to South Brisbane. But one thing that would strike a visitor from overseas is the almost total absence of river craft – lighters, tenders, small tugs, excursion steamers, and simliar types of small vessels used for varied purposes, which constitute the life and bustle of most seaports.

With the exception of a few powerful tugs used to berth the big liners, an occasional mud barge or fishing launch, the river is devoid of craft life. One can sometimes steams its whole length, from Pile Light to bridge, without meeting a solitary vessel of any

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