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Riverboats

SteamPunk has helped me develop a love for the fast disappearing riverboats.  These steam powered paddle wheelers represented an era of eloquence that should not be forgotten.  This is a forum to share and discuss these floating palaces. 

Website: http://www.steamboats.org/forum/
Location: Rivers
Members: 25
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

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Building The Floating Empire II: Tesla's Revenge

Started by Dr. Mungojerry Grindlebone 6 hours ago. 0 Replies

(please note, this also appears in General Discussion, but I wanted to make sure the Riverboats group got to see it)Okay, this is exciting.  We're preparing to build a new, and improved version of…Continue

Tags: Tesla, electric, boat, home, tiny

Abandoned, wrecked, and mystery riverboats

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Jan 8. 382 Replies

This is an often sad collection of sternwheelers and sidewheelers which are rapidly becoming extinct.  Please feel free to post pictures of other riverboats that you have found. "Next to take on the…Continue

Tags: 2017, 2016

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Comment by Dr. Mungojerry Grindlebone 6 hours ago

We're doing an indgogo crowdfund to build a new one:  Starting work on the followup to The Floating Empire, which we've dubbed Tesla's Revenge.

http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/forum/topics/building-the-paddlew...

Comment by SouthernGothic on December 31, 2016 at 12:43pm

From the Apalachicola Maritime Museum (where I once volunteered long ago) Facebook page:

We share this historical video in rememberance of Debbie Reynolds and her generosity in donating the JEAN MARY to the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. This was the vessel as she would have remembered it when she said "It was an adorable boat .. You know, just really as cute as anything could be." Of the sinking that led to the donation and subsequent renovation, Debbie said she said she didn't understand why a boat would go down and went on to comment "When you have antiques you don't dip them in water." Her son Todd Fisher noted "It's was pretty hammered, When I told her, she burst into tears." We had hoped that the Debbie and her children would have been able to visit the renovated JEAN MARY after completion and are remorseful that she will not see her "adorable boat" refurbished in high style and traversing the Apalachicola River. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family on this tragic loss of mother and daughter.

Comment by SouthernGothic on December 15, 2016 at 1:41am
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Comment by Captain on August 17, 2016 at 9:32am

August 17th, 1807 – Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat leaves New York City for Albany on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world. The North River Steamboat or North River (often erroneously referred to as Clermont) was built in 1807. At that time the Hudson River was also known as the North River, hence the name. The North River ran between New York and Albany. She was the first vessel to demonstrate the viability of using steam propulsion for commercial river transportation. She was built by the wealthy investor and politician Robert Livingston and inventor Robert Fulton. The steamer was equipped with two paddle wheels, one on each side. She also carried two masts with spars, rigging, and sails, with the steam engine placed amidships, directly behind the paddle wheel's drive gear machinery. Skeptics at the time ridiculed the venture, often referring to the boat as "Fulton's Folly." Livingstone and Fulton soon silenced the critics with their very successful and innovative vessel. Scheduled passenger service began on September 4, 1807. The steamboat left New York on Saturdays at 6:00 pm, and returned from Albany on Wednesdays at 8:00 am, taking about 36 hours for each journey. In 1819 there were only nine steamboats in operation on the Hudson River; by 1840, customers could choose from more than 100 in service. The Steamboat Era had arrived.

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Comment by Captain on April 29, 2016 at 12:11pm

SouthernGothic - I am afraid to get my hopes up that they will find as much on the Malta as they did on the Arabia.

http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/riverboats/forum/topics/ss-...

Comment by SouthernGothic on April 29, 2016 at 11:53am

Archaeological excavation of the Malta, lost 1841, to begin:

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/the-steamboat-malta-be...

Comment by Robert Steffen on April 27, 2016 at 6:12pm

Here's an article on how you can build your own sternwheeler Still looking for a way to get a copy of my own.

 

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