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Steamboats, Hulls, Autos and Trains for Sale
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.
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' Calkins tandem trailer
Much of this info comes from the 1980 North American Steamboat Register, page 186.
Asking $12,500 USD
Contact: (503) 314-2654
or (503) 368-6161
Webpage link: www.captainbell.com
Video link: https://youtu.be/70DRdBC5LBg
FOR SALE: Steam Launch "Alice" - Elliott Bay Hull #1
Alice was built in 1984 as a replica of a turn of the century steam launch. Her 23-foot hull, designed and produced by Elliott Bay Steam Launch Company, is hull number one. The engine is a two-cylinder compound expansion design, modeled after the engine of the 1912 steam tug Moonlight. The engine bores measure 2.1” and 4” by 4” stroke. The boiler is a propane fueled vertical fire tube unit. This is a rare chance to own a working museum piece. This boat has been meticulously maintained after spending more than 20 years on display on the Seattle waterfront by the original owner, Seattle Harbor Tours, now Argosy Cruises. Sea trials for prospective buyers at NWSS meets and by appointment in the Gig Harbor Area.
Make: Elliott Bay Steam Launch
Engine: Compound engine with piston valve on high-pressure cylinder and D slide valve on low-pressure cylinder
Fueled by four propane cylinders in bow which gives ample fuel for long trips and multiple day trips without refueling.
Center console steering can be comfortably operated from any rear seat.
Ample rear seating comfortable for multiple adults and room for children away from the machinery.
For additional info, see specifications sheet HERE.
Included in the Sale:
All required equipment to operate the boat down to the lines and lifejackets.
EZ loader trailer in good condition
Furniture-quality display stand with leather bunks (Open to selling this separately if not desired by buyer)
FOR SALE: 26-Foot Steam Launch "JJ"
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
A.V.L. Machine Works LLC
8911 186th ST. NE
Arlington, WA 98223
FOR SALE: 29-Foot Steam Launch "Pocahontas"
Contact: Preston Claytor
Phone: (561) 740-8721
Click image above to see photo gallery.
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
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
Raymarine autopilot (2017)
Raymarine depth sounder (2011)
Garmin GPS (1999)
Standard Horizon VHF (2020)
Feedwater temperature gauge
Rule bilge pumps (2) with float switches
High water alarm
Two Duracell deep cycle batteries (2021)
Battery selector switch
10-amp battery charger
Three circuit breaker panels (2016)
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
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
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.
$6,000 USD Or Best Offer
(208) 219-6187 cell phone
FOR SALE: "Anita D." Sternwheeler Steam Opportunity
The Anita D is a ferro cement hulled sternwheeler located in Welcome Slough on Puget Island just south of Cathlamet, Washington. Built by Edward “Ebby” Hanky on the mud flats of Sausalito in the early 1980’s. The boat closely follows a design promoted by the Atlas Engine company of Oakland for a craft used for small freight service of the many landings scattered throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta. The boat is currently powered by a diesel engine that is located under the pilot house floor and is connected by a driveline with u-joints carrier bearings to a truck axle in the stern that turns the wheel. However, she would make a wonderful steamboat if refitted by someone who can see her possibilities!
Length: LOA 61 Ft. Hull 52 Ft.
Beam: At WL: 9 ft. 3 in. At Deck: 11 Ft. 6 in.
Draft: 30 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in. from the bottom to the top of the pilot house.
Weight: 16 Tons
Open to Reasonable Offers!
Contact: (206) 303-9245 or (360) 957-0317 for more information.
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.
■ 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.
Or: Gloria Hodgetts
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.
For more details, call
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: Semple Single Cylinder Steam Engine
NWSS Member, John Campbell, has donated a Semple single cylinder steam engine, Type 34DL, serial #241 to the NWSS. This is the engine that propelled RAINBOW over 20,000 miles. I have run the engine on compressed air, and it runs well. I have not checked the internal parts. The engine is in my shop near Snohomish.
John would like the NWSS to get
$2500 for the engine, but the price is very negotiable.
Contact Michael Cross: (425) 280-4916 email@example.com
FOR SALE: NEW Semple 5HP
Single Cylinder Steam Engine
New Fred Semple 5 HP single cylinder engine with lever reversing. The engine has never been run on steam, and it looks (and is) brand new. The engine has been in careful storage for many years. I have complete history of the
two owners of this engine.
Located in Connecticut.
Shipping costs paid by the buyer.
Asking $6400 USD
Contact: Kent Lacey
FOR SALE: Late 1800's "Bottle-Style" Steam Engine
This late 1800's bottle style steam engine was purchased from a New England source for a marine project back East. However, upon moving to the West Coast, projects changed, and it is now for sale. It comes complete with its original boiler feed pump. It is also set up with reversing linkage, original.
Base Plate 16" x 14.5
Width with feed pump 21",
Length with fly wheel and coupling 21"
Height of 31”
Weight, uncrated, ~165 lbs.
The piston is ~2.75" with a throw of ~4". (I did not take head off to measure piston.)
When I purchased it in 2008, the seller, a reputable steam engine source, stated its output was ~ 5 hp. I have had it running under air and saw no apparent problems.
- For Canadian Buyers I can deliver to Sidney, BC or Tsawwassen (engine is on Salt Spring Island) for free pick up or arrange shipping from either place at cost.
- For US Buyers I can deliver to Blaine, WA or perhaps Port Angles, WA.
for free pick up or shipping at cost.
Now Asking $2750 USD
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.
Contact: Pat Spurlock
FOR SALE: Pearl Twin Engine
2-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 3” stroke, 4 HP
Now Asking $5,800 USD
Contact: Harv Lillegard
for video of this engine and more information.
Company For Sale The Pearl Steam Engine Company
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 www.PearlEngine.com
The offering details can be seen at www.PearlEngine.com/forsale.html
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
Navy throttle valve and waxed-canvas cover on copper cross-over pipe.
Cosmoline still on many steel parts and on
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.
Contact: H. Hollerith
PEARL SINGLE Cylinder Engine Specifications:
Bore and stroke is 2 ½” by 3”
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.
Contact: Teddy or Carole
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)
Contact: Teddy or Carole
Parts and Accessories for Sale
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.
All Proceeds Go to the NWSS
Contact: Michael Cross
For Sale: Liquid Compass
Liquid Compass in original sliding-top wooden protective case. Made in Osaka, Japan.
Contact: Dave Hogan
For Sale: Vintage Bronze RH 18 x 24 Propeller
Excess to my requirements. Marked Geo. E. Taylor, St. Paul.
Mr. Taylor was a member of the St. Paul Boat Club in the early 1900’s.
Bore is 1.21” on the front side and 1.05” on the opposite, keyway is 1/4".
+ shipping fees
Contact: Ken Vogel
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. Gauge 0-160 PSI
Bronze case, Ashcroft mfr. 7-3/8 dia. front flange,
7-3/4” back flange. 2-3/8” high ¼ NPT bottom connect $100
3. Plastic Bilge Pump
Made by Grizzly Manufacturing. $5
4. 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
WANTED: Information About This Engine!
Height: 25” to top of cylinder
Intake: 3/8” pipe
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
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!
Port Orchard, Washington