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by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Modern History

"It's now being used to haul cow shit on a nearby farm.''

You certainly have a good handle on decommissioning. :lol:
by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:22 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Modern History

Hi, amazing. It is a very nice engine. Who built the boiler? What diameter have the fire tubes and what is the distance between them. Good luck for the further work Dietrich Hi Dietrich, Thank you. The boiler was built here in the US by Bourdon boiler. Very expensive. The copper tubes are an odd si...
by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Modern History

steel suffers from what I call the 'clank' factor. Out of the water yes, in the water, more of a low tick than a loud clank. The water on the outside deadens the noise below the water line. Yeah, I love wood boats, they're just a lot of labor and expense to build. I'm getting to where I don't want t...
by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Modern History

Mike wrote: "Steel is the material of choice for almost all large hulls. When you scale it down to our sizes there are some serious compromises. Ron? Fill in the gaps for me and correct my errors. Steel is malleable, cheap and way stronger than we would every need. (As is aluminum) Corrosion problem...
by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Modern History

One more tidbit, I have two Whitney designed engines. He designed the little steam carriage engines for Mason regulator, who in turn sold the engines to various carriage builders.
by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 19, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Modern History
Replies: 18
Views: 2148

Re: Modern History

There are some Whitney compound reproductions around. Funny story: My buddy Gary has been in to Steamboating since Bill Durham was writing that magazine. When they put all the magazines together in a book, Gary bought it. He was going through there reading everything he could, even the want ads, tha...
by DetroiTug
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Dynamo/Gen Set
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Dynamo/Gen Set

Fred, this is the muffler/feedwater heater I built for an early steam carriage I'm restoring.
by DetroiTug
Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Dynamo/Gen Set
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Dynamo/Gen Set

Thats another consideration too on our boats, the output capacity of the generating device and available horsepower. It requires about 1 hp per 30 amps. Most of our steam plants are maxed out pushing the hull at speed, so to use a 60 Amp generating device on a low battery would be a considerable neg...
by DetroiTug
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Dynamo/Gen Set
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Dynamo/Gen Set

On DC motors what matters is V/K rating. That is volts per thousand RPM.
by DetroiTug
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Dynamo/Gen Set
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Dynamo/Gen Set

I tried that same? Setup on the tug engine and could never spin it fast enough to make it work. I made a smaller pulley for the alternator and I even had a larger flywheel, best I could get was 9-1/2 volts output at the rectifier. It looked the exact same alternator, I even took it to an starter/gen...