last updated 8 May 2013
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"A boy's will is the wind's will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."
from the poem, "My Lost Youth," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's
thoughts about his boyhood in Portland, Maine
Dreams of steamboats are those of men who have always been kids
Every once in a while a dream is caught and a flame burns brightly
the continuing saga of the steamboat "A Boy's Will"
Click on the above photo to take a early fall foliage cruise on SL "A Boy's Will" with our new boiler and balanced D valve
Click on picture below for a few pictures from the 2012 Lees Mill Steamboat Meet
A couple of pictures and a short video from the Lees Mill Meet, September 2011
The Lees Mill Meet will be held September 7-15, 2013. See you there!
Those Florida folks just don't appreciate a warm September sunny day in New Hampshire!
Can't start em too young, though
click on either of the above pictures to view video
Finally revised my model hybrid turbine-electric prototype
to see the video click on the photo
A Special Steam-Up and Luncheon was Hosted by the David Thompson Family
on a Cool, Sunny March Day, 2010
Gabrielle and Bob Wallace
Hosted a Live Steam Meet and Pot Luck Supper
at their home on May 19th, 2012
157 Old Route 109 in Moultonborough
call them at (603) 476 5685 for more information about the 2013 meet
Click here to view a YouTube video of the Wallace's May 2011 meet
and click here for a video from the 2012 meet
Click on the image below to visit the Wallace's May 22, 2010 meet in Moultonboro, NH
Click on the picture below for the operational engine display from 2009
The Lee's Mills Annual Steamboat Meet
will be held in September 2013
FROM SATURDAY, SEPT 7, THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPT 15TH
(sometimes spelled Moultonborough. After all, this is New Hampshire!)
Follow signs to the Loon Center and continue about 2000 feet to docks
Show up during this session and ride some great steamboats FREE!
CLICK HERE FOR A FEW PICTURES FROM THE 2009 MEET
Take a cruise on the Rhine with Helmut Strothjohann and the Vaporosa
Battle the current and heavy commercial traffic. See if you can spot the naked old man!
(this is from an old analog video I took in 1995)
Click on the photo below to view 15 minute video
IS OFFERING HIS IMMACULATE NAVY "K"
SERIAL # 1123 FOR SALE
Perfect condition, includes:
Original Navy throttle, Thrust bearing, Feed
water heater, Mechanical lubricator,
28” S.S. propeller, Air pump patterns and drawings, Feed water pump patterns and bronze castings
Complete set of original U.S. Navy plans from 1915
26 Parkview Place, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
914-666-4195 / firstname.lastname@example.org
CONTACT CARL DIRECTLY VIA EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION
Carl is a perfectionist and this engine is magnificent!
Joe Bowen's Hasbrouck #5
Click on the image below for more pix and videos
Sadly, Joe Bowen, a master machinist, has passed away.
His last engine, a lovely museum quality 2 x 2.5" single, was about to be a component of a beautiful, light, single hander:
The engine pictured below, a sixteen foot "peapod" double-ender hull with fitted trailer
and a matched Roberts-type water tube boiler.
THESE COMPONENTS HAVE BEEN SOLD
To see more about this engine click the photo below.
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Many of my "Steam Happens" articles have a supplement below.
Each supplement expands on the article or shows greater photo detail
SUPPLEMENTS TO STEAM HAPPENS ARTICLES::
Steam Happens #2, Engine choices
Steam Happens #3, Boilers
Steam Happens #4, Putt-Putt Boats
Steam Happens #5, Quick Winterizing
Steam Happens #6, Building a clutch
Steam Happens #10, RPM meter and alignment
Steam Happens #12, Concept Model of a New Engine
Steam Happens #13, The Rise of The Derelict
Steam Happens #14, On-Going Saga of the Carrie-Jean
Steam Happens #16, Rick Blackham's RC Mini Tug
Steam Happens #18, Two Boats, Two Visions A World Apart
Steam Happens #19: The Swash Plate-Axial Steam Engine
Steam Happens #20: Donnie Mains Builds a Steam Canoe
Steam Happens #21: Carl Kriegeskotte Puts the Screws to a Significant 1804 Leap of Technology
Steam Happens #22: A Model Steam Turbine Evolves
Steam Happens #23: Modifying a D Valve for Balanced Operation
Steam Happens #24: Building a New Roberts-Type Boiler
Christophe Carcenac de Torné email@example.com , a French model engineer, is looking for information (mainly drawings) dealing with bronze cylinder castings for a triple expansion marine engine he recently acquired. There are no markings on the castings nor was he able to obtain any drawings.
The dimensions are of the cylinders are:
- total cylinder block length: 11"
- HP Cylinder bore: 1"
- IP cylinder bore: 1" 7/8
- LP cylinder bore: 3"
- Stroke: 2"
(by the dimensions, it seems like it's possibly either English of American)
As you can infer, with the aligned cylinders being around 1 ft (30cm, the length of the caliper scale), this is quite a large model or, rather, a small launch engine. Here's a photo of the three cylinders in place
Other photos of these castings as well as a 3D CAD drawing of the set are to be found by clicking on the above photo.
If you have any plans, suggestions, or leads please inform Christophe
directly at the above email address. Please cc email me so that we may
follow his adventure on this site.
This should be quite a beauty when finished.
At Cabin Fever January 2008 I met with Joe Ritter, a very
clever engine designer from Mt. Airy, MD
Joe presented a new engine he designed which he calls a Pogo-Stick.
He also displayed his 6 cylinder, single-acting swash plate engine that I'd love to see scaled up for a full scale boat.
The use of a swash plate, the radial arrangement of the
pistons and the direct alignment with the prop shaft would make this an ideal
small power unit.
Click on the photo below for more details and movies of the engine in operation.
Here's a photo of Peter Renzetti's Swash Plate engine
This one uses a shaft-ported valving, much as used in 2-stroke model airplane engines.
In the picture below the pistons are all retracted. When pressure is applied they each move to contact the swash or wobble plate.
Here's a rough diagram of Peter's valve porting
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I recently found a site with lots of free old
e-books on steamboats and engines.
These are digitized and are downloadable as PDF files for addition to your collection or browsing.
Click on the bottle engine image below to enter this site.
Then scroll to the bottom of their page and click on
"Online Steam Books"
I guarantee you'll find the online books rewarding!
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Of course, we now have the Google Books site
a gargantuan and growing collection of old books on-line free for your reading.
Click here to go to their search page and try locating a book on any topic.
I strongly recommend you use
Calibre to search for, download, and
organize your e-books.
It's totally free and searches many e-book sites finding wonderful resources
Al Berry's sweet new 2 hp Hasbrouck-designed #1 steam engine
This is a perfect engine for a small boat of 15-20 feet
click on either of the above photos of the engine to view a video of this engine running and being reversed
Click here for a few still pictures from Cabin Fever, York, PA, Winter 2006
A medium resolution movie of engines and mechanisms
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO VIEW THE MOVIE
Click here Jump to pictures of the September 2005 Lee's Mill Meet
Click here Jump to pictures of the September 2006 Lee's Mill Meet
Here are a few new mpg videos taken during a pond rundfahrt with Nic M. (cameraman) and Gill W. (passenger)
click on a photo to download video
steampg1.mpg steampg2.mpg steampg3.mpg steampg4.mpg steampg5.mpg
Al Berry's beautiful little Hasbrouck-designed #5 steam engine
Video of engine being reversed click on photo of Al and engine below
This was the first time the engine ever ran on steam
Albert was pretty pleased!
A couple of years later Al had his own boat. See the Rise of the Derelict (above in the "Steam Happens" section)
other still pictures of this engine click here
A Boy's Will
Pond trials: first day afloat summer 95
In spite of numerous small problems we're into a strong headwind with a "bone in our teeth"
Joanne at the helm
A few summer 2004 pictures
The summer 2000 steam boating picturesTo see some pictures from summer 1999 click on the little photo below
Watch out! there are 3D pictures in this collection
Instructions for how to view 3D pictures are at the bottom of this
Ginny Ryan, Sue Powarczynski at the dock
Maybe it's time for that diet
Hey Nick you got that engine ready yet!
Ya know, if we could just put 2 more inches of pitch on that prop we'd be able to break out them water skis
summer 98, watching the pressure climb and waiting for the pizza to
Yup, these steamboats offer everything.
A quiet ride, a hot cup of expresso and a toasty pizza...all in the same package....Try that with yer damn infernal combustion, will ya!
Kathy at the helm, Summer 98
The annual tire rotation summer 98.
New radials improve turning significantly
Nick at the helm after our best time ever on the slalom course
Zero to six mph in forty five seconds!
Left my hair a mess and mild case of whiplash!
some repairs are definitely more fun than others!
Then there are other steamboats, too!
uncle Reb Shawn Fergeson on the deck of the Pavonia
(seated, his hands folded in prayer)
A rare stereo photo taken shortly before he was pushed overboard
Click here for a few Old Iron pictures from 2005
And there are other means of steam propulsion, too!
Al G. at the reins of 20 rampant horses
and in stereo
and other forms of water transportation, too
How to view the stereo shots.
If you are over 40, back about 6 feet away from your screen (If you
under 40 stay right where you are).
Hold your left hand vertically between your eyes with the base knuckle of your index finger touching the tip of your nose.
Close your right eye and check to see that your left eye can clearly see the left picture. The close your left eye and check to see that your right eye clearly sees the right picture.
Now comes the tricky part. You actually have to relax your eyes enough to cause them to diverge (this is the opposite of crossing them). The eyes point outward a bit. This may take 5 or so minutes the first time, but becomes easier with each use as your eye muscles get some practice. Eventually you should see a third image form between the two real images. This middle image will be 3D and should be right behind your vertical hand.
Get you hand out of the way by moving it downward and out of your vision and you should be able to hold a 3D image....
Some people take 10 to 15 minutes to master the art. Others can get it within 5 minutes...There are a few (about 5%) who can't do it....But if you were able to see those "random dot stereograms" Magic eye images that were popular about ten years ago you can do this...It's the same skill.
Once you can free view the photos easily you can try getting closer to the screen.