The Steampunk Empire

The Crossroads of the Aether



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. 

Location: Rivers
Members: 23
Latest Activity: May 17

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Abandoned, wrecked, and mystery riverboats

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain May 16. 364 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

Riverboat Toys and Models

Started by Michael Margerum. Last reply by Michael Margerum May 10. 4 Replies

Like their real life counterparts toy and model river boats are becoming a rarity in the twenty first century. Unlike the real things Toy and model river boats are relatively easy to store and…Continue

P/S Hjejlen (Silkeborg, Denmark)

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain May 2. 2 Replies

Steamboat Hjejlen from SilkeborgBy Lars JosefssonBuilt in 1861 at Baumgarten og Burmeister, Copenhagen DenmarkCall…Continue

Tags: War, Civil, Europe

Jennie Wade (Ohio?)

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain May 1. 5 Replies

High and dry at Lock 34 Park in Chilo, Ohio, the owners of the Jennie Wade stern-wheeler are looking for someone to care for their replica and educational tool. The Jennie Wade has been used as an…Continue

Tags: OH

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Comment by Captain on May 5, 2016 at 10:29pm
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.

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

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

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.

Comment by Michael Margerum on April 23, 2016 at 8:34pm

This was billed as the "World's only floating McDonalds" 

Comment by Captain on April 20, 2016 at 8:13am

Another SteamPunk riverboat thread:,47763.0.html  

Comment by Michael Margerum on April 2, 2016 at 8:21pm

That's a nice looking side wheeler  and beautiful balloon.  I like to imagine what the view from the basket would look like.

Comment by Captain on February 19, 2016 at 12:07pm

Comment by Captain on January 3, 2016 at 1:18pm

This video shows the bigger picture of riverboats and the whole river economy.  

Comment by Captain on December 13, 2015 at 3:35pm

The SS Malta.  A steamboat lost in the 1840s found?


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