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Steamboats, Hulls, Autos and Trains for Sale

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.

Asking $7,000 USD OBO



Robert Christensen


(208) 219-6187 cell phone

FOR SALE: 29-Foot Steam Launch "Pocahontas"

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  • 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

Asking $49,000 USD

Contact: Preston Claytor

Phone: (561) 740-8721



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 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: Pearl Twin Engine


2-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 3” stroke, 4 HP

Stephenson linkage

Now Asking $5,800 USD

Contact: Harv Lillegard

Email: montebuilder@gmail.com

for video of this engine and more information.


NEW Wet Back Scotch Boiler

  • 24” diam. x 40” drum, 50” LOA

  • Approx. Weight = 700 lbs.

  • New, 57 sq. ft. heating surface

  • All A572 steel, grade 70

  • Engineering documents provided

  • Full penetrative welded, 7018 stick


Now Asking $5,000 USD

Contact: Jacob Turner 

(509) 949-1459


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"


$495 + actual shipping fees


Contact Ken Vogel



FOR SALE: Steam Launch

Propellers and Bronze Shafts

  • 12” x 15”  1-1/8” shaft reconditioned

       to excellent condition  $420 + $60 shipping

  • 15-3/8” x 21  1-1/8” shaft reconditioned

       to excellent condition  $460 + $60 shipping

  • 1-1/8” x 34” Bronze Shaft w/keyways

       (never used)  $125 + $35 shipping



All props listed below have been reconditioned.

Please contact us for pictures and detailed information. 

Come and visit our shop! Prices are negotiable.*

15 x 21   1-1/4"       $225

15 x 22  1-1/8”       $275

13 x 19   1-1/4"       $375

14 x 18   1-1/4"       $275

17 x 27   1-1/4"       $425

* Shipping fee of $60 will be added.


Contact: Teddy or Carole 253-223-2667


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Pearl 2-1/2" x 3"

Marine Steam Engine

Fully machined and ready for your assembly. 

One PEARL 2 1/2" by 3" Marine Steam Engine.
MACHINED KIT, full size in iron and bronze.














or (802) 467-3205


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  hhfour@gmail.com


FOR SALE: Pearl Single Cylinder Steam Engine

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 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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For Sale:

Superior Aztec

Propane-Fired Steam Boiler


Installed in the eighties and never fired!

304 square feet of heating surface, 2070 pounds per hour at 150 psi.  Call for more info.

Located in Lebanon, OR                     


$12,000 USD Or Best Offer


Contact: J.D. Ray (503) 358-0383


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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

FREE! Paddlewheel


Four-foot diameter, consists of two 2-foot sections which can be separated for use on a side-wheeler.

Contact: Russ Karns
(360) 733-0582

Parts & Accessories for Sale

On Now! Al Rustad Inventory Clearance Sale


1. Duplex Air Brake Gauge

Brass Case, 6-1/4" dia. x 3" deep, Ashton mfr. rear                                                    flange mount. From NPRR scrap yard 1950s. These are scarce,                                               2 gauges in one! $175


2. 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


3. Gauge 0-160 PSI

Bronze case, Ashcroft mfr. 7-3/8 dia. Front flange, 7-3/4”

back flg. 2-3/8” high ¼ NPT bottom connect $100


4. Industrial Thermometers (3)

All are glass tube type,  some have NPT pipe                                                                            thread thermowells. Back or side connect.

Call or email for details. $10 each


Not pictured -  Brass Bilge Pump

US Navy- Wilcox/Crittenden 1-1/4 NPT suction,

spare piston $40


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

Contact: Allan Rustad  (425) 744-4575

email: rustad.allan@yahoo.com





Relief (safety) Valve

NEW - never used!


This Kingston Model 710 Safety 

Relief Valve is a versatile valve ideal for use

in a wide range of industrial applications.

Its high flow capacities are achieved through

full-lift performance design giving the

Model 710 a flow advantage against

comparable valves. The Model 710's fully

guided stem design providing superior

re-seating accuracy makes it a cost effective alternative. This unit is rated for steam up to 

250 psi at 400F with silicon valve seat,

3/4" inlet and 3/4" outlet.

Set for 150 psi., 4 available! 


Download Product Specifications Here


Price: $ 180.00 USD

(Includes shipping within the USA) 

Contact: Peter Carlich, Tidewater, OR 97390
eMail: carlich@pioneer.net
Phone: (
541) 528-3380


Honduras Mahogany Wainscoting Stock


Pre-sealed and finished with 3 coats of schooner varnish. Approximately 400 lineal feet. Measures 1-5/8" x 3/8" in 16-foot lengths. Ideal for finishing interior of your boat. This wainscot stock same as used in Persephone II.


Now Asking

$850.00 USD


Contact:  Wash Kohnke


(971) 570-2300


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Steam Inquiries




  • 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

eMail: geneslogon@gmail.com

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

1258 Center Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261 eMail: navigator@rockisland.com    

Phone: (360) 468-2074

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