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Steamboats, Hulls, Autos and Trains for Sale
Own a Piece of History: 1939 Steel Steam Tugboat "Rambler"
Dimensions: 40’ X 10’6” X 5’ draft, 22 tons, 42” diameter, 3-blade
prop with 65 degree cut
Hull bottom re-plated 2014, now seaworthy. Needs cosmetic
overall painting, although this is not a requirement for launch.
Engine: 35 h.p. cross-compound, double-expansion, runs well
Boiler: 1986 Cleaver Brooks steam generator (12v), safety will be
set for 150 psi.
Beckett burner works well (+ two other burners and misc. parts)
Worthington pumps: Engine driven feed water, back-up electric
feedwater, vacuum steam injector feed water, main engine
circulating pump, two bilge pumps.
One h.p. 12v steam generator. Re-insulated main steam line.
Auxiliary Honda 8 h.p. generator. Engine room cooling fan added.
Misc.: Two whistles, heavy-duty tandem axle 48’ trailer and new
custom two-piece tarp covering on trailer. Rear portion also
serves as a canopy top from wheelhouse to stern.
Boat and mechanical system plans included.
Docked at St. Helens, Oregon.
Now Asking $10,000 USD for ALL!
Rambler, her heavy duty, two-axle
trailer and a 1986 cab-over Kenworth
tractor to tow her
Please contact me for further details or
questions you may have.
Contact: Kathy Sanders
Ad sponsored by NWSS member Norm Davis.
Above: Engine Room – steam generator, pumps and heat exchanger
Right: Wheel House Interior
Above: 35 h.p. engine
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
(208) 219-6187 cell phone
FOR SALE: 29-Foot Steam Launch "Pocahontas"
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
Click image above to see photo gallery.
Twin screw with Tiny Power 3454 compound engines, Bryan D650-S water tube boiler, new in 2001
Hull - 15mm Okume plywood over 2" x 6" fir frames. Speed 6+ knots.
1 HP Tiny Power double simple driving 12v alternator
Full galley with refrigerator, sink, propane stove/oven, 100 gallon fresh water, head with 70 gallon waste tank
Moored Columbia River near Portland, OR
38.5-Foot Counter-Stern Steam Tug "Tortoise"
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: 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.
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
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
OTHER PROPS AVAILABLE:
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
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
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.
Price Reduced! Now $14,500
Contact: H. Hollerith firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE: Pearl Single Cylinder Steam Engine
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 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
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
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.
Four-foot diameter, consists of two 2-foot sections which can be separated for use on a side-wheeler.
Contact: Russ Karns
Parts & Accessories for Sale
FOR SALE: Almost Brand New! 90-Amp Wire Feed Welder
Only used 3 hours! Includes auto-darkening hood, gloves, chipping hammer, wire brush, pliers, welding jacket.
(That's half the price of new!)
Pick up in Renton, WA or add shipping.
Contact: Ryan Plut
FOR SALE: Strap & Ratchet
Need to secure your boat to the trailer? Strap & ratchet, 4 inches wide, strap is 20 feet long. You pick up in Renton, WA or pay shipping.
Contact: Ryan Plut
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
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!
Price: $ 180.00 USD
(Includes shipping within the USA)
Contact: Peter Carlich, Tidewater, OR 97390
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.
Contact: Wash Kohnke
INFORMATION WANTED ON 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
Phone: (360) 468-2074
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