Torrens Island – As it was & the future

Torrens Island - as it was and the future…


As it was…

At right is an extract of a map of the area surveyed in 1937. This portion of it is approximately the area covered by new map. The ships' graveyard (or cemetary) is visible, as is the Dorothy H Sterling. The St Kilda embankment is prominent.

Note also the track from Broad Creek to the magazine in the south east corner.

This is well before the Torrens Island power station, which was not built until the 1960s, and there are many other interesting differences. DonÕt attempt to reconcile the grid on this map with the current Zone 54H metric grid.







 Future plans…

We plan to reprint the map every couple of years, incorporating corrections and new features as required. As it is, some creeks are not shown in their correct colours, and the latitude and longitude scales and nautical mile scale bar are not in this version.

If you have any comments, suggestions or corrections plase contact us at Canoe SA (08 8240 3294 or so that the next edition can be improved.



Other creeks

Several other creeks exist on the island, one having an entrance near the Middle Ground Inner beacon. Like many other creeks in Barker Inlet, it is blocked by mangroves and is not navigable


Mutton Cove

This area has been closed off for many years, but there are plans to breach the embankment, making the creek navigable again and allowing water access to the two wrecks within.

Ships' Graveyard

Wrecks are all shown on the map, with an inset for the main area in North Arm. For details of the ships, see the ShipsÕ Graveyards Web site. The pic is of the remains of the Glaucus, and everybody paddles through where the propeller once was

When paddling in the Katarapko region, protective footwear such as sneakers, sandals or wetsuit shoes should be worn for protection from sharp sticks and stones, broken glass and bites. Sun glasses are recommended as protection from sunglare and head high vegetation.
River Red Gums are prone to dropping limbs without warning and it is therefore wise not to camp beneath them. The level of the water throughout the system can vary. Thus one must be aware that banks may be slippery, submerged logs may not be apparent, and the depth of water may vary greatly. In some of the creeks there may be a significant current, which means that paddlers need to be able to steer and control their boat confidently This is particularly relevant when paddling with the current as paddlers can be pushed into fallen trees or other obstacles across the creek, resulting in a capsize and a struggle to get to safety. (Campsite 28 shown at right).
If the group decides that they want to pass through the lock , then they will need to observe the proper precautions. On approach to the lock, signal to the lockmaster to make him/her aware that you wish to use the lock. This initial signal should be done 400-600 metres away from the lock. The signal can be done by either sounding three long blasts of 4-6 seconds on a whistle or horn, or waving a flag to attract the lockmasterÕs attention, or alternatively, by flashing a light.

When it is safe to proceed, the lockmaster will sigal with a green flag or a fixed or flashing green light. Prior to this signal do not approach any closer than 150 metres. When it is safe to proceed, enter the lock and wait for the water level to equalise. Once inside the lock remain at the end of the lock where there is no water activity. The lockmaster will advise you of this. Do not tie on to anything in the lock, and follow the instructions of the lockmaster. He or she will signal when it is safe to exit the lock.

When planning to use the lock, remember that the lock is only open at certain times of the day, and that it will take up to 30 minutes to pass through the lock. It is advisable to book ahead of departure to avoid delays. It is possible to portage (carry around) Lock 4 rather than passing through, however thsi will entail a long walk on a narrow track with both the boat and the gear!