National Geographic : 1971 Feb
Charging toward the surf, lifeguards at a Barwon Heads beach carnival test techniques to be called "Puddin'" by a few irreverent journalists, had innocently told a reporter about his new diet, one featuring grapefruit morning, noon, and night. He said he had lost 14 pounds. That was enough for Victor ia's weight watchers. Grapefruit suddenly became the hottest commodity in the state. Mildura's fruit once rode to market aboard paddle-wheel steamers plying the Murray River with produce and passengers. Only 250 one paddle-wheeler remains in commission, the venerable Melbourne, and she is strictly an excursion boat. Melbourne used to be a winch boat, one that pulled logs and other snags from the river channels. Capt. Alby Pointon, a stocky little river veteran, bought the old lady in 1964 after she had lain a de serted hulk for 23 years in Echuca. Lovingly and knowingly, Alby restored her and made her into a sightseeing vessel based at Mildura.