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. 

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Myra H (Rome, GA)

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Nov 16. 2 Replies

The MYRA H was built in 1932 near Rome Georgia, as a sternwheel packet/houseboat. 60' Wood hull. Powered by a 1929 Buick straight-6 gas engine, mounted on the bow just outside the cabin, with a 40'…Continue

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Abandoned, wrecked, and mystery riverboats

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Nov 3. 377 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

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St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. x5 (Stillwater, MN)

Started by Captain. Last reply by Captain Oct 29. 7 Replies BoatsSt. Croix Boat & Packet proudly operates five historic 1800's era River Boats,…Continue

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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.

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.


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