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Steamboats, Hulls, Autos and Trains for Sale

For Sale: Steam Launch Flying Cloud



  • Replica US Coast Guard Motor Surf Launch manufactured                     by Everett Engineering/Mosquito Industries (2003/2004)

  • Length 26 feet

  • Beam 8 feet

  • Estimated 7000 lbs. displacement



  • Everett Engineering/Mosquito Industries design

        and fabricated

  • 3.25 x 6 x 5 compound

  • 10-15 estimated horsepower

  • Stephenson reversing piston valves

  • Roller chain driven vacuum & feed pump

  • Main roller bearings

  • 1.25 inch shaft

  • Bronze 23.5 inch x 39.5 inch propeller


  • 55 sq. ft. VFT ASME code boiler (documented)

  • Wood or coal fired

  • Working Steam Pressure 150 psi

  • Reflex water gage

  • Penberthy injector

  • 3 Strath whistles on a single manifold

  • Separate steam whistle and siren

  • Keel condenser


The Flying Cloud was in-service

until 2022 with annual hydrostatic

testing. It also includes a GPS system,

bell, radio, bronze & gilded eagle, flags,

anchor and ground tackle, custom

cushions and all of the custom tools

and spares for this unique steam



Asking $35,000


Tim Lynch

203-216-1703 (text first)

For Sale: 26-foot SSS Inchcliffe Castle

Aluminum Lifeboat built in 1968 by Marine Safety & Equip. Co. 

  • 24 ft 10in LOD

  • 26 ft 3 in LOA (including rudder)

  • 7 ft 9 in Beam

  • 1 ft 10 in Draft

  • Compass in binnacle



  • Original 1910 G.J. Roberts & Co., Dayton OH, (Rebuilt in 2015)

  • Double simple 3.5 in bore x 4 in stroke

  • Stephenson reversing D-slide valves - rebuilt with replaceable             wear plates

  • 13 indicated horsepower

  • Shaft 1.25 inch stainless stepped up 1:1.38 with a roller chain drive

  • Bronze 17-inch x 28-inch RH propeller


  • 1947 Eclipse Vertical Fire Tube boiler 

  • Working Steam Pressure 125 psi

  • Reflex water gage

  • Leipheimer steam whistle

  • Beckett 12v oil burner

  • Thru hull blowdown

  • 1 inch x 15 ft keel condenser

  • Hotwell has float control

Asking $10,000

Contact: Ryan Plut

Text at 425-255-3289 

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Also Includes:

  • Custom-built aluminum Tuff trailer

  • Danforth anchor, rode, and chain

  • 8 Personal Flotation Devices

Tow vehicle available separately: $3,000

  • 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up

  • 5.2l V-8 with 8,000 lbs towing capacity

  • Mounted bed lift hoist

For Sale: 28-ft Steam Launch Persephone II

Exquisite and spectacular mahogany and teak steam launch with duel steering stations. Engineered for easy steaming with electronically controlled Nu-Way diesel oil burner, 10 point Ritchie mechanical lubricator and hotwell float valve. Electronics include two Northstar batteries with inverter to run the Nu-Way burner and auxiliaries. Stainless steel boiler housing, hotwell, engine pan and water tank. Persephone's most recently steaming was October 2023. 

Contact: Wash Kohnke

Additional details & Contact link:

Persephone II

For Sale: 26-Foot Mosquito Enterprises USCG Surf Boat Fiberglass Hull

Some work has been started on this great project. 

Due to current circumstances, I am not going to be

able to finish it, and would like to see someone else

have the opportunity to do so. 


We purchased the fiberglass hull new from

Mosquito Enterprises a few years ago for $8,000.

Hull is located in south central Idaho.

Now Asking 

$5,000 USD Or Best Offer



Robert Christensen

(208) 219-6187 cell phone

FOR SALE: 33-Foot Wooden Paddlewheeler "Cheng Tze"

The S L Cheng-Tze is for sale.


  • Her hull is 27 ft. long plus a 6 ft. paddle wheel.

  • Her engines are 20 in. stroke X 3.5 in bore.

  • Her boiler is a Roberts-type water tube of 80 sq. ft.

  • She is wood and oil fired.

  • A very comfortable boat, she has a galley, head and sleeps two.

  • Dishes, pots & pans and silverware will also be included.

  • She also has an alcohol stove and a toolbox.


Reasonable Offers



Contact: Al Dunlap

Cell Phone: (509) 954-8852  

Landline: (509) 443-1825 

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FOR SALE: 20-Foot Steam Launch “Captain Bell” 

Background: This steam launch was originally built in 1962 by John Tiffany as a steamboat, first called "Fern", then renamed "Polly". In the 70s Ed Todd became the owner.  Sometime in the 80s, Capt. Lloyd Bell of Wheeler Oregon purchased the boat and renamed her after the title of an early 60s NW steam periodical entitled "Slow Bell". After Lloyd, his son Dave Bell took ownership and renamed the boat in honor of his father as "Captain Bell". This steamboat has steamed for nearly four decades in the waters of the Nehalem River in Oregon and has appeared at most annual NWSS steam meets and many mini-meets over the decades.  Most recently she was seen steamed up at the 2022 NWSS meet at Cathlamet. This is a beloved and historic NWSS steamer. Please help find her another good home.

Vessel Details:

  • HULL: 20 x 7 x 30", 19' LWL, 1.3' draft, double-ended, hard chine launch with fixed canopy.  Plywood over fir frames, fiberglass sheathed. Mahogany stem and oak keel. Roll-down side curtains.

       All brass/bronze fastenings and fittings, Weight: 4500 lbs. 


  • BOILER: ASME code boiler built in 1962 by King Brothers. VFT, 23x44", oil-fired with 54 sq. ft. heating surface (possibly more), 150 psi operating pressure, weight: 935#.  Steam atomizing burner using Binks spray gun nozzle. 


  • ENGINE: Semple Vee-compound 3 & 5 x 4 with slip-eccentric reverse.  Built 1962, S/N 606. 


  • AUXILIARIES: Keel condenser, Hypro feed pump. Oberdorfer            gear-type condensate pump. Injector. 40 gal. H20 and fuel storage.  Bilge and drip pan ejectors. Whistles and a bell.  


  • Housed in a shop – never been outside for long.

  • 23' Easy Loader tandem trailer 

Much of this info comes from the 1980 North American Steamboat Register, page 186.

Asking $12,500 USD

Contact: (503) 812-2107

Webpage link:

Video link:

FOR SALE: 26-Foot Steam Launch "JJ"
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Built in 2009, the SL JJ is a 26-foot Mosquito Enterprises®, USCG Surf Boat with a fiberglass hull that is very seaworthy.



  • Beautiful 1918 US Navy K-type marine compound steam engine with Navy air-pump

  • Water tube boiler, 150 PSI, slight superheat, oil-fired, built-in economizer

  • Boiler jacket crafted by Bowman Metal Works (a local sheet metal shop) out of 316 stainless steel

  • Two lifting oil burners fire the boiler

  • US Navy all bronze duplex feedwater pump

  • 3/8 Penberthy® feedwater injector

  • Hypro® feedwater pump, driven off main engine

  • 60 gallons oil, 60 gallons water

  • Bronze feedwater heater

  • 2013 King® saltwater trailer

  • Full, heavy cover for trailering


SL JJ, a dream-come-true of the late Lou Pisani, cruises along at 6 knots. Lou always wanted to build the prefect launch to suite his needs, and he did.

JJ is very well-built and was crafted as a joint effort by Everett Engineering Inc., AVL Machine Works, and Bowman Metal Works. EEI was responsible for the fiberglass and fitting of the tanks, machinery and steering - which is Teleflex®-type with a compound "monkey rudder". She was then sent to a local shipwright for fitting of the gorgeous woodwork, and installation of the hardware. After that, she went to AVL Machine Works, where the final fitting was done. All the feedwater systems are plumbed using 30-70 copper nickel, and the steam plumbing is all 316 stainless steel threaded pipe. The Navy engine drives into a EEI 2:1 step-up gearbox to accommodate a smaller propeller.

She is for sale being fully fitted and ready to go, with anchor, fenders, lines, and lights. Also included, are a 3" Crosby® whistle, and a Jerry Blaine steam siren.


The boat has always been stored in a dry, heated building.


To see a nice video of the boat running under steam on YouTube, click HERE.


Asking $55,000 USD


Andrew VanLuenen

A.V.L. Machine Works LLC

8911 186th ST. NE

Arlington, WA 98223

Phone: (425) 239-1403

Fax: (360) 435-3376

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FOR SALE: 29-Foot Steam Launch "Pocahontas"

Reasonable Offers


Contact: Preston Claytor

Phone: (561) 740-8721

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Click image above to see photo gallery.

  • Launched 1979

  • Custom built by Thomas G. Rhodes, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Subject of a 26-part article in Live Steam Magazine from 1982 – 1984

  • Extensive hull repairs over the past 5 years

  • Laying (Suttons Bay, MI) summer, inside heated storage (Northport, MI) winter

  • Boat will be in the water through September for sea trial and/or survey

  • Owner will provide vessel familiarization and training

  • For additional info, see specifications sheet HERE


Vessel Details

Pocahontas (formerly SL Tuscarora) is a custom-built steam launch constructed between 1975 and 1979 by Captain Tom Rhodes, a past steamboat editor of Live Steam magazine. The boat has Philippine mahogany stringers and the is hull covered with two ¾ inch layers of marine-grade plywood and a layer of fiberglass cloth.


Pocahontas has a teak deck (forward) and a solid wood superstructure. Much of the interior hardware, such as flooring, was salvaged from much larger vessels. Entering through the custom-built teak pilothouse doors, there is a V berth forward which can sleep two. The pilothouse contains a custom wheel with hydraulic steering. Full engine controls are available with linkages for forward/reverse and throttle.


The engine room is accessed via two steps down from the pilothouse. In addition to the boiler and engine, there is a bench seat (storage underneath) for the engineer, a sink, and an enclosed head with a port-a-potty.


Aft, there is a horseshoe-shaped bench that easily sits six passengers on Bottomsider closed foam seats.



  • 40-HP vertical fire-tube boiler, new 2002

  • Safety Valve (2020) set to 150 lbs.

  • Semple 10 HP 354 cross-compound, rebuilt by Fred Semple Jr. in 2003

  • Pemberthy 3/8-inch injector

  • Custom-built boiler feed pump, plunger type, belted to the shaft via Browning gear belts

  • Jabsco air or condensate pump

  • Boiler, vacuum, and water pump gages mounted on a custom cherry wood board

  • Gauges, all original, large steamer origin

  • Eight-gallon hotwell with the ability to condense or pump condensate overboard

  • Custom heat exchange (boiler feed pre-heat)

  • Custom keel condenser

  • Drip oiler for crossheads, pump oiler for valve oil

  • Two, 26-gallon freshwater tanks

  • Coal bunker, capacity 100 lbs

  • Prop shaft 1¼ inch Aquamet 22 stainless steel

  • Propeller – Michigan Workhorse, 18 X 22 four-blade, right hand

  • Numerous spares


  • Raymarine autopilot (2017)

  • Raymarine depth sounder (2011)

  • Garmin GPS (1999)

  • Standard Horizon VHF (2020)

  • Feedwater temperature gauge

  • Volt meter

  • Rule bilge pumps (2) with float switches

  • High water alarm

  • Two Duracell deep cycle batteries (2021)

  • Battery selector switch

  • 10-amp battery charger

  • Freshwater pump

  • Three circuit breaker panels (2016)

  • Spotlight

  • Weems & Plath running lights (rare)

  • Stereo with speakers in pilothouse and cockpit


  • Eight jack stands included

  • Vessel can be moved by road (no trailer included)

  • Three-chamber, low tone steamboat style whistle included

  • Vessel USCG documented

  • Forward rails from a 1923 Elko

  • Engine room hatch from a 1910 launch, includes canvas cover

  • Recent (2021) survey available

Vessel Data

Length – 29.2 feet

Length at waterline – 25 feet

Vertical clearance 14.5 feet over masts

Draft 2.5 feet (stern skeg)

Beam – 10 feet

Beam at Waterline – 8 feet

Hull speed – 6.3 MPH Max 7.5

Registered tonnage – 7 net, 9 gross


Owners personal property including tools

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FOR SALE: 23-Foot Unfinished Paul Gartside Designed Fantail Steam Launch with Trailer


This 23-foot Paul Gartside Designed Fantail Steam Launch with Trailer was custom built by Silva Bay Shipyard School of Gabriola Island, BC, Canada in 2002.


However, the unfortunate death of the original owner, Graham Hodgetts, and the busy schedule of his heirs, has prevented its completion. Everything is top notch. The design, building, and workmanship is second-to-none and it is 95% complete. We now want it to go to a good home that appreciates the care and dedication that has gone into the project so far.


Vessel Details:

■ Length 23-feet

■ Built of 3/4-inch pine on a bent oak frame

■ Displacement is 3230 lbs., so it is very stable.

■ Detailed drawings and diagrams are available.

■ Partially finished in oak, teak and Philippine mahogany - (woodwork in teak, oak for the decks, coaming and seats)  

■ Price includes assorted brass fittings, syphon, petcocks, hand pump, vacuum pump valve, bollard cleats, chocks, etc., and accessories.

■ Boiler from South Stage Iron Works, Medford, Oregon

■ Housed in a heated shop – never been outside

■ Trailer: 26-foot, 6000 lb. GVW with surge brakes

■ In 2005, Graham purchased a steam engine from Hal J. May, a Northwest Steam Society member. Unfortunately, little actual information about the engine was passed on to Graham’s family. It is already installed ― we assume completely but interested parties will need to contact us to make a visual inspection to identify the specifics (size, maker, etc.), since the cylinders are currently enclosed in a wooden cover.



Blair Hodgetts

Or:  Gloria Hodgetts



$70,000 U.S.D.

FOR SALE: 23-Foot Fantail Hulls

Made to Your Specifications

Elliott Bay 23-foot fantail made to your color and seating arrangement specifications. Hulls are ready for interior woodwork and machinery installation, as deck, engine & boiler beds, stern tube, rudder port, floors, etc. are in place.


Also on hand: ASME Code boilers, antique engines, propellers, pumps, traditional bronze deck hardware, and marine steam engine castings.  


Contact: Pat Spurlock

Elliott Bay Steam Launch Co.

Portland, OR 

For more details, call

(503) 775-5954

Right: FESTINA LENTE of Swan’s Isle, Maine, fitted with LIFU compound and Merryweather boiler.

IRMTRAUD ANNA, with Stuart 6A and coal-fired VFT, has served German owners thirty years.

Cabin shell is also available.

Engines, Boilers and Equipment for Sale

For Sale: Tiny Power single "M" steam engine

Our Tiny Power "M" (3 x 4) steam engine with a Swift Displacement Lubricator is now available. Extensive shop time was spent rebuilding and detailing this engine. "Marie" was machined but never placed in service and was only operated using an air compressor. Click for detailed technical information and see the YouTube video:

Video Link:

FOR SALE: ASME CODE S STAMPED Vertical Fire Tube Boiler

ASME CODE S STAMPED VFT, un-used. National Board Number 43950.  Stored dry inside since made by First Thermal Systems in 1989, but most recently rained on four years.

  • Approx. 26 boiler horsepower; 968 lbs./hr. steam generated at 150 psi.

  • Dimensions: 37” OD x 40” high; 2-inch tubes. 

This is the boiler from an unfinished 30-foot fantail launch. The boiler was assembled on top of a furnace. Its engine the

US Navy G2, also available.

(See separate listing below.)

Located in Portland, Oregon.

Asking $6000


Contact: Pat Spurlock

(503) 775-5954


Company For Sale        The Pearl Steam Engine Company


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The Pearl Steam Engine Company, manufacturer of the Pearl and the Zenith steam engines is for sale.  After more than thirty years of producing single and twin cylinder marine steam engines, retirement has this company available for purchase. 

The engine details can be seen at

 The offering details can be seen at

FOR SALE: U.S. Navy “K” Launch Engine, mfg. 1918, Mare Island, CA

  • In original condition and appears to be unused.

  • Engine complete w/ bronze bed plate, lower

       drain valves.

  • Navy throttle valve and waxed-canvas cover on copper cross-over pipe.  

  • Cosmoline still on many steel parts and on

       brass jacketing.  

  • Engine turns over nicely and is ready to run.  

  • Full size copy of original Navy blueprints

       included with sale.  


Pick up in Virginia or arrange shipping.    

Price Reduced!

Now $14,500  


Contact: H. Hollerith


PEARL SINGLE Cylinder Engine Specifications:

  • Bore and stroke is 2 ½” by 3”

  • Teak Cladding

  • Steam line is ½” IPT steam and ¾” IPT exhaust

  • Dimensions are 16” long, 9” wide and 22” high

  • Weight is approximately 86 pounds

  • Low rpm high torque 2 h.p.

  • Has been run on air only

This PEARL single cylinder engine may be used to power up to a 20-foot LOA launch. She has been assembled with care and each part meticulously hand finished and polished as can be seen in the photo. The price reflects the amount of time needed from rough castings to the final product.

Asking $4875.00


Contact: Teddy or Carole


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FOR SALE: Pearl Single Cylinder Steam Engine

FOR SALE: Pearl Twin-Cylinder Steam Engine

PEARL TWIN Engine Specifications:

· Bore and stroke is 2 ½” and 2 ½” by 3”

· High torque low rpm

· Dimensions are 25” long, 9” wide and 22” high

· Weight is approximately 165 pounds

· Located in Tacoma, WA area (University Place)


Asking $5925.00


Contact: Teddy or Carole


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Parts, Accessories & Miscellaneous for Sale

For Sale: Antique Navy Bilge Pump

Wilcox-Crittenden fig. 5392 Navy Bilge Pump with fittings.

Perfect pump for your antique steamboat. Has new pump leather.

Tested and will pump 25 gallons per minute. 1 ¼” inlet, 1 ½” outlet.


This pump was donated by John Campbell and any proceeds will

go to the NWSS treasury.

Contact: Michael Cross

(425) 280-4916  

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For Sale: Strath Steam's Advanced Steam Engine Design 


Australian author Rodney Muller has spent over 30 years manufacturing steam plants, beginning with his successful precision metal patternmaking business. This book includes some short stories of things that happened during those 30 years, plus so much more!


With content ranging from early steam history and its service to mankind, to the ins and outs of building small, commercially viable steam engines for enthusiast marine installations, this book is a must have for any steam enthusiast.


Also discussed are remote area power generation, as well as directly coupled, motive power (where people have access to an unlimited supply of useable renewable biomass fuel). Automotive applications are also discussed.


The section of the book called THE MARINE STEAM ENGINE INSTALLATION MANUAL contains all technical content, including diagrams, and photos of many different types of engines, boilers, even whistles and sirens. No steam library is complete without this informative and instructional book. Order yours today! (Paperback, 208 pages.)


Order directly from eBay AUSTRALIA (Item #175696845948) at this LINK (Note: price here will be in Australian Dollars).


OR, order directly from the author

through the PayPal app, for

$25.00 USD                                         

plus $22.00 USD Shipping & Handling.


For Sale: Anchors & Props

John Campbell, former owner of the SL RAINBOW donated these items to the NWSS. All proceeds from their sale will go to the NWSS. The anchors are 25#, 15# and 25#. The propellers are 17 x 18 RH and 18 x 19 LH. Both are for a 1-3/8” diameter shaft.

All items are at Machias, near Snohomish, WA.

Make Offers!

All Proceeds Go to the NWSS


Contact: Michael Cross

(425) 280-4916  

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For Sale: Liquid Compass

Liquid Compass in original sliding-top wooden protective case. Made in Osaka, Japan. 

Asking $600


Contact: Dave Hogan


On Now! Al Rustad Inventory Clearance Sale

1. Gauge 0-500 PSI

Bronze case, 7-3/4” dia. rear flange, 5-1/2” dial face, 

2-3/4” high. Lonergan Mfr. “Main Feed Pump Discharge” ¼ NPT bottom connect. $100

2. Plastic Bilge Pump 

Made by Grizzly Manufacturing. $5

3. Industrial Thermometers (3)

3 pieces: straight ones, 100-750F (used for steam superheat on LUCIFER); 40-300F, side-connecting one is 45-950F. Check your stack temp? $20 ea. OBO

All items available for inspection at Rustad Manor, Edmonds, WA

Contact: Allan Rustad 

(425) 744-4575  








Steam Inquiries


WANTED: Information About This Engine!


  • Height: 25” to top of cylinder

  • Intake: 3/8” pipe

  • Exhaust: 3/4”

  • A reversing rocking valve engine

  • It has crosshead driven feed pump.

  • Bore is 3”, I think - I have not taken the cylinder head off.

  • Stroke is 3”


This is the only rocking valve engine I have ever seen. It is obviously factory made but there are no identifying marks anywhere that I can find. It is old enough that there are some square head bolts. 


Contact: Gene Goebel


Phone: (417) 724-2645



Photos and Memories of the "S.S. SIGHTSEER"

Do you know this vessel? I'd love to know of any photos and/or memories you might have of the SS SIGHTSEER, which served the Seattle area from 1936 to 1963.

I have the postcard views but need on-deck scenes, interior, and engine room photos. She was also known briefly as COLUMBIA QUEEN on the Columbia River at Pasco. 


Contact: Keith Sternberg

Lopez Island, WA 98261


Phone: (360) 468-2074

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Want To Buy: 1950's Era Starboard Running Light 

I'm looking for this starboard running light for a 1950 era 26-foot, ex-Navy, glass whale boat, manufactured by Modern Metal Mfg. Co., serial number MS17999 SYM 219.  Will also consider          other manufacturer's light if compatible. Any information appreciated!

Please call me anytime!

(360) 908-5717

Frank Brannan

Port Orchard, Washington

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