Steam Boat Association of Australia
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Welcome to our Web site!
The Steam Boat Association of Australia is a non-profit organisation consisting people with a keen interest in steam driven vessels of all types, large and small, old and new.
The association has over 100 members around Australia and about 40 "launch" size steam boats on the register.
Many of our members own "Putt Putts"... a term used to describe open launches with older- style petrol inboard motors. Most of our waterway activities feature a mixture of steam and 'infernally" powered boats. As both steam and putt putt are similar size and speed they go well together on the water and a putt putt has been the first step towards a steamer for some members.
On these pages you will find details of a variety of Australian steamboats and steamboat projects and links to other sites of interest to fans of maritime steam
The Association meets quarterly, usually on the third Thursday of February, May. August and November at 7.30pm at the Gladesville Bowling Club in Sydney.
Meetings are informal and will usually attract a guest speaker. Recent topics have included propellers, patternmaking, experiences from the engine rooms of the Union Steamship Company ships in the 1950's and building a triple expansion engine. Our August 2015 meeting launched the latest DVD in Dick Collingridge's Australia Live Steam Series and our May 2016 meeting featured vexillographer John Vaughan explaining all about flags.
Our February 2017 meeting will be held in Hobart in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Festival
The association publishes a quarterly journal; 'Steam Leak" that includes details of steam boat activities, member's projects, technical articles of interest to the steam-boater and reports of member's cruises.
This site was last updated 31-Aug-2017