Latest link changes: October 22, 2011
Boating Forumz - Boat racing, boat building, and general boat discussions.
Chesapeake Steamboat Forum Group - Online Forum concerning the Steam Tug Baltimore; other tugs; steamboating in the Chesapeake Bay area.
HasBrouck Engines Group - Yahoo group for those building or interested in building Ray's engines.
STEAM WHISTLES - Online Forum on Yahoo for those interested in collecting, restoring, building steam whistles.
The Steamboating Forum - Online forum group with ez to use format and ability to post pics and drawings.
Steamboats - A yahoogroup for people with an interest in steam boats, their machinery and operation, for both old and new vessels of any size.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Amateurs de Bateaux a Vapeur - Recently formed hobby steamboat group in France. Website in French but easy to get around even if you don't speak it. Info on members boats.
Finnish Steam Yacht Association - Formed in 1968 and now with over 200 members and 200 registered vessels, its mission is to maintain the traditions and know how of steam ships and their operation.
Fulton Steam - They are planning to built a full size, working replica of Robert Fulton's North River ( known to many, erroneously, as the Clermont ). The need information, donations, etc.
German Steamboat Society - No English translation. Good background info on its formation, some excellent photos and a brief intro to small steamboats.
International Steamboat Society & Steamboating Magazine - You can now subscribe to Steamboating Magazine on-line from the website! Note the slight change in domain name from .com to .org
Northwest Steam Society - Very active organization. Nice web site with calendar of events, links, members email listing, classifieds. Publishes newsletter.
SS Explorer Preservation Society - The last sea-going steam trawler. 202' LOA; built 1955 by Alexander Hall & Co.; 1000hp triple expansion engine. Currently undergoing restoration by an ambitious group of volunteers at Edinburgh Dock, Leigh, Scotland.
South Orange Seaport Society - Steam, electric, and wind powered RC model boats. Good pics, calendar of events, and links plus a detailed map to find them.
Steamboats eGroup - A place to post questions/answers and information relevant to the steamboating hobby.
Steam Boat Association of Great Britain - Lots of good pics. Calendar of events. Fantastic links page! If you're over there, check them out.
Steam Boat Association of Australia - They've been around for awhile and now have a website. Member's boats, Links, Classifieds, and more coming.
Steam Ship Historical Society of America - Dedicated to the preservation of American steamships this is also an excellent site for information about "the boat great granpa worked on as a deck hand in the 1880s".
Swedish Steamboat Association - English text available. E-mail list of steamboaters in Sweden.
Swiss Steamboat Society. Formed in 1983, the Society has 160 members and 30 boats - ranging in size from 5M to 11.4M. Although the text is in German and some French, there are many excellent pics. And one of the boats has a 15 pipe calliope.
Vereniging Stoomvaart (Dutch Steam Society) - In Dutch, but an English translation is coming. Pics and details of the 20+ members boats; links - an excellent site.
STEAMBOATER WEB PAGES
Hobby Steamboaters Web Ring - The site and listing of personal, non-commercial hobby steamboater web pages. If you want to see what individual steamboaters have created, this site will link you to the ever growing list - otherwise there would be at least 30 additional listings on this page! Use the URL link listed - or, to get you in the habit, click on the Logo to the left to go there directly!
S.S. Elfin - Site of a group of steamboat preservationists in the Netherlands who are not only restoring the 108' Elfin (formerly H.M.S.), but also the 120+' steam powered icebreaker Jacob Langeberg
Juneau Steamboat Company - Juneau, Alaska has a wood fired steamboat taking visitors on tours of the waterways around Juneau. Looks like a Beckmann hull with a Semple "V" compound and VFT boiler.
The Legend of Steamboatin' Deutschland - A site dedicated to paddlewheel steamboats in Germany. Many links to other paddlewheel steamboat sites through Europe. English text page.
Merchant Marine and Maritime - Rick Boggs. This is the Engines page. Big Stuff! Good explanations and pics as well as an excellent drawing with identifiers of a Scotch marine boiler.
My Sidewheeler - Ken Brockway. In depth "goings on" of building a 20' sidewheeler with a great description of building a VFT boiler. If you want to do it yourself, definitely worth a look!
New Zealand Steam Scene - Goings on in New Zealand by the owner of S.L. Romany. Mostly steamboats and traction engines. Look the whole site over or you'll miss something.
Paddleducks - A group for modellers interested in recreating scale model paddlwheel steam boats, either as a static display or an operating boat. Good info on full size vessels.
Rex Stewart Originals - high quality steamboat models and other nautical recreations.
Riverboat Dave's Paddlewheel Site - The largest collection of links and information about riverboats out on the internet. Period. Exclamation Point.
Rivermen & Riverboats - a truly eclectic site with and enormous amount about riverboats and the men who worked them, primarily upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
Steam Engines - In English & Italian. Not really about marine, but an excellent and informative (with animations) handling of early steam development.
Steam Links - The beginnings of what is hoped to be a very comprehensive list of steam links. Help the webmaster by visiting and sending suggested links.
Triple Expansion Launch Engine - Building the Elliott Bay Triple Expansion Engine. But there's a LOT MORE! The section on a "built up, heat shrink fit" crankshaft is the most detailed "how to" I've seen!
WrenchTEN's Study of External Combustion Engines - Lots of pics and studies of not only steam, but also Sterling engines. Included is info about Jim Tangeman's work and also Terry Williams' Sprite. Links!
AADHUNIK Global Energy - 2HP to 20HP engines, most with reversing and suitable for launches: $ 650 to $ 2250; 18 sq.ft. to 110 sq.ft watertube and firetube boilers.
B2Anga - Another Swedish firm. They can supply engines and boats - in varying stages of completion - as well as some components. In Swedish, but if you know that "Ang" is steam and "bat" is boat you can work through it.
Beckmann Boatshop Limited - Everything you need to build your own steamboat.
Bjorklund Steam - Located in Finland they produce a "ready to run" single cylinder engine, 80mm bore and stroke.
Crescent Marine Steam Engines - Manufacture finished marine steam engines: 3" x 4" simple, 5HP; and 3" + 5" x 4" compound, 10HP. Now with a website.
Elliott Bay Steam Launch - Produces a top quality fibreglass reproduction of a 23'+ fantail launch hull. Markets antique engines and kits; boilers; pumps; propellers. Publishes the "bible" of steamboating, "Steamboats and Modern Steam Launches" and "The Steam Launch".
Hach Company - Boiler and feedwater testing equipment and supplies; from plain litmus papers to sophicated equipment.
HasBrouck Engines - Complete plans to build steam engines without castings. Three are for marine engines and the finished product is not only beautiful in appearance, but also authentic in look.
Herron Rail Videos - Not just trains, but also traction engines and steamboats (including European stuff). High quality, award winning. Worth a look!
Martin Model & Pattern - Cast bronze flywheels from 3" to ? Email them for their LARGEst size. Also a number of other products. Custom patterns and castings available. Moderate prices
Michael Porter - Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. All aspects including CAD drawings so you see what you're getting. Is familiar with hobby steamboats.
Midwest Model Steam Products - Click on the "BH-2" text at the bottom of the page. They have a 2.5" x 4" two cylinder double action engine casting set. Can be built for vertical marine.
Mosquito Enterprises, Inc - Supply an excellent 26' lapstrake double-ended fiberglass hull, 3"+6"x4" steeple compound engine, and ASME code boilers at very reasonable prices.
Myers Engine Works - Sells a casting kit an excellent 1 gal/minute duplex feedwater pump.
Paramount Supply - Several branches throughout the West and Southwest (or they'll arrange to "drop ship"). They can supply ALL your pipe, valve, gauge, whistle valve, water glasse needs - most items are "off-the-shelf".
Pearl Engine Co - Single and twin cylinder engines ready to run, as machined kits or casting kits. Make-up and hydrostatic pumps, blueprints and more.
Perfectly Pretty Comfy Clothing Company - Having the correct period clothing is certainly a part of "equipment". The owner is active in the classic boat world.
Preston Services - Dealers for used steam hobby equipment. Everything from traction engines to marine. All sizes, shapes and horsepower up to 70+HP triples. If you're serious, they are well worth a look.
Rappahannock Boat Works - The owner has been into hobby steamboating for a number of years and builds wood strip planked/fiberglass hulls from 13' to 25+' in period designs at moderate prices.
Reliable Steam Engine Co - Now with a new website, Reliable Steam Engine Co. has made available all the plans and drawings of their collection. Seven different steamboat hulls, eleven engines, six boilers, piping schematics and many accessories. Casting sets are offered for the engines. Worth looking at!
Richardson's Landing - Manufacture authentic reproductions of whistles from a 6" dia. bell down to 2" dia. These are not cheap imitations, but are modeled on originals and sound accordingly.
Selway-Fisher Design - Designers of, among other things, steam launches. Twenty steam launch plans sets available with lengths running the gamut from 13' to 50' and hard chine to rounded bilge. Their construction techniques are such that even a relative novice can build a beautiful, rounded bilge hull in a short time! If you're planning to build your own hull, these people definitely deserve a look!
Steam Shop - Online supplier of safety valves, pressure reducing valves, check valves, gauge glasses and other items. Very reasonable prices and no minimum.
Strath Steam - Located in Australia, they manufacture a line of 7 different marine engines as well as boilers up to 10 horsepower - ready to run.
Stuart Models - They call them models, but properly built some will develop 5+ hp.
Tiny Power - Produce a wide range of engines up to a 3" + 5" x 4" compound that develops ten horsepower at 150psi and 500rpm.
Traditional Boatshop (formerly Elegance Launches ) - The knowledge and expertise of Glyn Lancaster Jones is brought to you in every aspect of a steam launch from design through engine and boiler to completed launch with trailer. You choose how much work you do.
Eppleton Hall - Built in 1914 she is the only remaining intact example of a Tyne side paddle tug with side-lever engines. Located at the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
John W. Brown - One of the last surviving Liberty Ships (the other is the Jeremiah O'Brien), she is located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society - Home of R.M.S. Segwun and Wanda III. Located on Lake Muskoka, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Oregon Maritime Center and Museum - Home of the steam powered sternwheel tug Portland. Last of its kind still operating in the USA.
Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle - A side paddle steamer, built in 1924, fully restored, operating, and available to ride aboard. Located on the Medway about an hour from London, England.
Steam Tug Baltimore - Built in 1906 by the Skinner Shipbuilding Co., she is the oldest steam-operated, coal-fired tugboat in the US. A Scotch boiler provides steam to a 12" + 25" x 22" compound engine.
Virginia V Foundation - At one time there were hundreds of steamboats plying Puget Sound and they were affectionately known as the "Mosquito Fleet". The Virginia V is the last operating survivor of these vessels.
Windemere Steamboat Museum - Classic Victorian steam launches, lovingly restored and operating.
Astragal Press - "The Engine's Moan - American Steam Whistles". If you're into steam, you have to have this book! visit their website for a complete description. They also publish books on antique tools and early trade and technology.
Carferries of Ludington - If you're into Great Lakes steam vessels this is a good place to start. Also some excellent info on Skinner Unaflow and Marine Triple Expansion engines.
Geneva Lake Cruise Line - Located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, they offer charter and cruises on the Steam Yacht Louise, a restored vessel built in 1902 (steam just keeps running).
Light Steam Archive - Karl Petersen, who many of us know from his articles in the 1970's on steam automobiles, is putting together an online compendium of written, aural, and video material material on light steam power. If you are a serious steamer, please visit his site - and if you have material he could use, advise him!
Lindsay's Technical Books - the well known publisher/reprinter of all kinds of hands on, home workshop, technical books from making your own forge, building your own lathe, full design drawings and construction of a full size locomotive - you name it. If it's about steam and is being reprinted, these are probably the folks.
Little River Books.com - Not only an excellent source of U.S. inland waterways books (most about steamboats), but also EXCELLENT links to many websites - as well as other features - that deal with all aspects of inland steamboating. Start your search here!
Live Steaming - A clearing house for hobby Live steaming and Model Engineering worldwide. Just a sampling of topics are: Tech talk, classifieds, links, discussion forums. Huge!
MarineWaypoints.com - Large number of links to websites that are marine oriented, grouped by categories. This link will take you to marine steam.
Mother of All Maritime Links - Everything you ever wanted to find out about maritime. Make up a 10 gallon pot of coffee and lots of snacks.
Old Engine House - All about OLD stationary steam engines. Lavishly illustrated with good pics. Follow the hyperlinks on the front page and get an education!
Steam Launch Artemis Website Design - If you need a website designed for YOUR steamboat or live steam ENTERPRISE, Ron will do an excellent job at a reasonable price.
Steamboats - Primarily about sternwheelers. The Historical Resources page is excellent for those wishing to do research. And the links page is so comprehensive, I couldn't begin to repeat it here! Entire site is a font of information.
Whistleman.Com - History, theory, manufacturers. You name, it's here. Even an online Bulletin board.
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