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Steam Power
Using a steam engine for propulsion
Sunday,2 June, 2013
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Does anyone use, or know of anyone using a steam engine for propulsion?

Randy Ober. (A narrowboat wanna be)

 

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Sunday,2 June, 2013
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Hi Randy and welcome to the forum.

I don’t know of any modern narrowboats using steam power but probably the most well known historic steam narrowboat is President.

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Sunday,2 June, 2013
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Hi Randy,

I know of one besides the President. It was built by an engineer in a 30 footer and resides down Milton Keynes way. The rules governing steam in pleasure boats are very strict. Steam has the advantage that it is almost silent, but compared to a diesel is expensive to run. I did think about building a steamer using a flash boiler but the hoops I would have had to jump through made it difficult.

Do you have a particular interest in mind?

GM

Sunday,2 June, 2013
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GM said
Hi Randy,

I know of one besides the President. It was built by an engineer in a 30 footer and resides down Milton Keynes way. The rules governing steam in pleasure boats are very strict. Steam has the advantage that it is almost silent, but compared to a diesel is expensive to run. I did think about building a steamer using a flash boiler but the hoops I would have had to jump through made it difficult.

Do you have a particular interest in mind?

GM

 

I have been interested in stean power for boats for a long time. I took a course in wooden boat building in 1984-85, and (if it ever gets finished)   will have a small shop in the garage we are having built. I have thought about building a steam launch in about the 18-20 foot length range. I have been living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for about 20 years. Pittsburgh is located at the junction of the Monongahela (coming up from the south) and the Allegheny (comming from the east and north) Rivers where they form the Ohio River. Being in the land between the two rivers lent the city a real advantage in transportation, especially for heavy commodities like coal, iron ore and steel. It is a great place for watersports and since the Ohio R. emties into the Mississippi River there is a lot of territory in th US open to exploration by water from here.

Randy

“When does he ever think? If he were to sell his brain, he could claim it had never been used.

Sharon Kay Penman: Devil’s Brood; Chapter 7

Sunday,2 June, 2013
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Emily Anne is a Dutch Barge style narrowboat that is steam powered. Often seen around the Manchester area.

http://www.emilyanne.co.uk/

 

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Pete

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20 years hiring, 6 years of shared ownership and a Continuous Cruiser since 2007 but still learning!

Sunday,2 June, 2013
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Sean Neill owns a steam powered ice breaker called Laplander

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Monday,3 June, 2013
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There was an article in one of the monthly mags on them not so long ago. Many have been converted or if new fitted from the outset with oil fired boilers giving a quick warm up. Here is Hasty seen recently on the GU.

Hasty

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Sunday,9 June, 2013
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There is a Steam Boat Rally later this month. Details are here:

http://www.justcanals.co.uk/fo…..334cd86149

 

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Pete

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20 years hiring, 6 years of shared ownership and a Continuous Cruiser since 2007 but still learning!

Monday,24 June, 2013
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Steam boat Swallow is up for sale. She is based at Harefield marina.

 

Phil

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