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by RNoe
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: A new-old 25' launch

A successful example of Oilking's suggestion is the Steam Yacht Canarda. The old iron hull was not salvageable but the elegant interior and machinery were removed before the hull sank. An entirely new steel hull was fabricated in California and the vessel's original interior placed inside. Worth loo...
by RNoe
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: A new-old 25' launch

DavisDD: I like your approach to preservation: An operating artifact is more likely to survive the ravages of time, even if its preservation replaces parts of the original. I've had this argument many times in steam locomotive preservation, and I keep pointing out that a 100-year-old locomotive is a...
by RNoe
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Searching for my Steamboat's History
Replies: 21
Views: 6002

Re: Searching for my Steamboat's History

This discussion is continued on a new thread "Steam Thistle Cluaran":

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2211

including the answer to the heritage of this Steam Thistle.
Enjoy.
RussN
by RNoe
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: A new-old 25' launch
Replies: 13
Views: 554

Re: A new-old 25' launch

I hope you succeed in restoring that classic hull. I had to give up on restoring a small 15 ft. long wooden steamer hull. I had neither the wood working skills to do it myself, or the funds to have a local boat yard do the work. The repair estimate was over $20K (US), and that was ten years ago! I d...
by RNoe
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Steam engine from the North Caucasus
Replies: 57
Views: 3518

Re: Steam engine from the North Caucasus

You are doing remarkable work!

And please remember that boiler materials (tubes, steam drums) need to be low carbon steel, to prevent cracking and welding failures.
RussN
by RNoe
Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Steam Thistle Cluaran
Replies: 52
Views: 17625

Re: Steam Thistle Cluaran

Today we got Cluaran back on the waters of the Columbus River for a second hour of happy steam boating. This was the first ride for my Wife, and she had a blast! So Cluaran is now drained, blown out, washed and tucked away in the garage for the winter, which has been hinting of arriving soon. ...ish...
by RNoe
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Members' Websites and Boats
Topic: Frances-Anne
Replies: 85
Views: 50083

Re: Frances-Anne

Frances-Anne is a beautiful Steam Launch!
Thanks for sharing.
RussN
by RNoe
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Steam engine from the North Caucasus
Replies: 57
Views: 3518

Re: Steam engine from the North Caucasus

The square or round holes in flywheels are for inserting a bar to rotate the steam engine as needed.
Drilling round holes in your flywheel probably is not necessary, but it will lighten it, which may be a good idea.
RussN
by RNoe
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Stuart no 6
Replies: 13
Views: 937

Re: Stuart no 6

Having rebuilt a locomobile engine last year, I have one more comment off the Stuart No. 6 topic: Because the Locomobile engine sits vertically installed with the cylinders up, the valve chest can fill with condensate. Our engine had a drain cock, but not at the gravitational bottom. The chest sat p...
by RNoe
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Steam engine from the North Caucasus
Replies: 57
Views: 3518

Re: Steam engine from the North Caucasus

Bronze bearings with paper lubrication and periodic adjustments of clearance should last for many years of use. Having just finished the difficult task (for our team) of pouring 4 new Babbitt bearings for the 3" diameter main crankshaft of a 10-ton steam tractor, I wish the bearings had been bronze!...