For Sale: Machinery from well-known Siesta2 by
Machinery from well-known
Siesta2 by Lindsay Drabsch. Possibly one of
the finest steam launch combinations in
Australia, that propelled the 3 ½ ton vessel comfortably at 7 knots.
Engine is Clough 3”x 4 ½” x 4” compound, with gear driven air and feed
pumps, hand feed pump, oil boxes and cups. Feed water heater on exhaust
piping .1st class workmanship and materials throughout, and very well
maintained by Lindsay. Graphite internal lubrication and cylinder bores
like glass with no perceivable wear throughout the engine. 150 psi
Mereweather style boiler built by Col Wear to highest standard,
initially registered in the ACT, will be traceable if required. Boiler
has been stored dry since decommissioning. Plant all up weight estimated
at around 450 kg
Includes original propeller, irons, cooking box and
other incidentals. Very reluctant sale $25,000 ono, located Lake
Macquarie NSW, but will include free delivery anywhere from Melbourne to
Brisbane, and points west in that price.
Also: A set of castings
and drawings for Clough 3”x 4 1/2”x 4” compound, as per photo. Bronze
top and bottom cylinder covers and valve chest covers. No baseplate,
will need to fabricate. $900 ono.
Enquires: John Shoebridge
For Sale: S.L.
S.L. RHYL For sale
A stable roomy reliable steam
boat. It was my teenage dream to have a steam boat and now I am 80 I
have new and smaller projects.
The engine is basically a copy
of a Stewart Turner Swan but with more refinements in the construction.
The crank is cut from solid tool steel and ground. The piston rods and
cross heads are hard chromed and ground and the eccentrics are hardened
and ground. This engineering approach is a result of having been a
toolmaker and many years of experience using machine tools.
The boiler design is unusual for
a small steam boat, it was designed specifically for wood firing and
works extremely well. It is free steaming and easy to fire and comes
with a current boiler certificate.
The galvanised trailer has been
fitted with a new axle, springs, hubs, disc brakes, pipes and override
coupling and has current registration.
Hull. Modified ‘Trailer
Sailer’ Epoxy glued marine ply. The speed is better than 5 knots.
A bargain at $17000 or very
near offer. Bob Atkins. Email. email@example.com Phone
For Sale: S.L. Louisa
A most pleasant launch built by Dick Whitefield, Stewart 5A motor, 11 and half inch propeller, teak deck, lovely canopy,
two bunkers, water tank under floor, trailer, etc, etc . This unit was purchased 6 years ago after much research
with the thought of having more time
We are selling at what we believe is a bargain Price $14,000. Contact Craig Robson 0419866855
For Sale: Myford Lathe Book
A good quality copy of Ian Bradley's Myford Series 7 lathe manual.
$20.00 plus postage. Terry Kain - 0403 022 959.
FOR RELUCTANT SALE due to crew
August Lady. 20' x 6'
Hull built circa 1930 for
the Engineering and Water Supply Department in South Australia as a
workboat on the River Murray. The current owners acquired the wreck,
had it restored by a retired British Naval Shipwright, and conversion to
a Steam Launch was completed. The owners also made various brass and
iron castings through their own business, completing a first class
restoration and conversion.
kauri below waterline and oregon above carvel built hull was splined,
faired and glassed externally, with commercial single pack coating used
for the internal hull.
powered by a purpose built Strath Steam 6hp vertical single cylinder
engine and a vertical fire tube (copper) boiler. A keel condenser,
hotwell and make up pump complete the steam system.
engine is coupled to a Clae disc clutch gearbox (F/N/R) then to a step
up through duplex chain drive to the prop shaft and 18" bronze
propeller. Accessories include 12v battery system for bilge and
transfer pumps, cabin and navigation lights. The generous Windermere
Kettle has stainless steel cradles for warming pannikins and there are 2
x 60 litre rainwater tanks in the stern locker for boiler and kettle
make up. A steam lance is included for tube maintenance.
Lady cruises comfortably at 5kph and uses approximately 15kg
briquettes/hour. She comes on her own purpose built tandem braked
trailer which carries a 12v heavy duty winch.
Current craft survey and boiler certificate are available.
price - $49,000. Contact David Bradley ph 08 8568 5168
Steam Launch "Unfinished
My dad started a steam boat project and unfortunately he passed away
before it was finished and now I would like to sell it.
The boat is a Fanny the fantail steam launch.
Selway Fisher Design plywood hull construction with a Stuart 3" steam
engine but it does not have a boiler. It comes with brand new and
registered Swiftco boat trailer and Teak timber decking. Plans for the
boat, engine, and boiler are available. I have attached some
Peter Hoerlein 0417 724 878
For Sale 24 ft fiberglass plumb
stem, counter stern classical steamboat hull with purpose built
professional tandem trailer.
This fiberglass hull was one of 12 built by Debco Marine in Port Lincoln
from a slightly modified Philip Bolger fantail launch design.
Other examples of this hull include the " Elizabeth Rose" and the "Robin
Gordon" both of which may be familiar to readers.
This was a project too far. I bought the hull new from Graham Daniels in
2001 and had a trailer built in 2005 specially designed to allow easy
towing, launching and retrieving.
The hull comprises just the major molding i.e. no deck. ( I always
thought the deck combings too high and thought I might trim a hint of
the sheer from the bow, you know, to be a little more stylish for an
inland waterway launch).
I am looking to recoup my costs on this. The hull has been stored
securely wrapped in tarpaulins over a wooden frame. The trailer has
traveled only 200 km since 2007. It is galvanized and has cable operated
disk brakes common with most professionally constructed marine trailers.
It has never tasted salt water, or fresh!
The trailer is not currently registered as I found the only journey it
made was to have an annual NSW roadworthy. An unregistered vehicle
permit could be easily obtained by the new owner to facilitate the next
I also have. Bolton number 17 3X4 single that I would be open to offers
if a new owner was interested. I could demonstrate this on compressed
The details are : Hull, LOA 7.32m x 1.98m x 0.51m (24ft x 6ft 6in x 1ft
8in) with displacement 1450kg.
Gordon Taylor 0409945459 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steam Launch "Lady
A 22' 6" long Classic Victorian style counter stern Steam
Hull and Deck hand laid GRP with Australian beech
planking on deck.
Engine: Double acting compound, 2 1/2"+43/8" X 3"
with piston valve on HP cylinder and slide valve on the LP cylinder.
Stevenson's link reversing gear. Keel condenser, feed heater, engine
driven feed and air pumps and hand driven feed pump. This is the 14th
engine built by the renowned English engine builder Sam Wilkinson.
Three bladed bronze propeller driven by step up
sprocket and chain drive arrangement.
Boiler: Vertical Fire Tube with copper tubes, steel
shell and tube plates. Designed and built by the late Colin Wear to
Australian Standard 1797 allowing it to be put in survey if required.
Full design paper work included. Working pressure 150 psi.
Trailer: As new, registered, purpose built
galvanised steel, dual axles with over-ride disc brakes.
For Sale Stuart Sirius
quality redesigned Sirius engine featuring ball bearings on the
crankshaft, banjo link and eccentric drive allowing up to 4,000 rpm on
steam. Pistons are from sg fine grain iron. Rings are double turned.
End covers are 5000 grade aluminium. Valve piston is fine grain iron.
Pistons have a Viton ring added below the iron rings to reduce the sump
oil transferring to the exhaust when used under vacuum. All fixings are
4mm and 5mm stainless screws. Inlet is 1/8" B.S.P Outlet is 1/4" B.S.P.
The generator is 200Watt AC, and is coupled directly to the end housing
and crankshaft. The max output has been recorded at 185watts DC
running on 80psi steam. The matching regulator is part of the
sale, this then gives 12DC for battery charging etc and at 2000 rpm the
amps are around 6.
An example is currently In use by one of the association's
experienced members, speak with Tony for references
Shipped Price: $2500
Please email or phone Tony for any enquiries. 0408464501
The Late Len Lark's Vosper engine and 40' hull
The Vosper was constructed from castings and has only been steamed a
few times. Dimensions are approximately 4" +6" x5".
The open hull is 40ft x 10ft beam, ply/epoxy construction, designed
for river use, glass sheathed and ready to float but otherwise bare.
It is a hard-chine sharpie style, with counter stern, and has a
propeller tunnel to reduce draft. The photos were taken some years ago
Pat Reece at Duck Flat Wooden Boats is willing to consider any reasonable
offer, even some unreasonable ones! Ph 0466 669 620.
8 HP Marshall Portable
46287, no boiler certificate, last steamed approx 5 years ago,
always kept in a shed by last owner. $18,000 ONO.
PALMER BROTHERS S-1 1914 gasoline marine engine
2 cycle, Make & Break ignition.
Run in 2002, excellent condition, fresh water cooled, no rust. See
Palmer Brothers reference in GASOLINE ENGINES SINCE 1872 by C.H. Wendel.
The only known S-1 example to exist. Shipping internationally, $3675
(U.S. funds). Questions? email@example.com Roger Grosser
A. J. Houle Motor Works 1907 gasoline marine
4 cycle spark ignition and internal gear reduction for a steam engine
replacement. Not running, in good condition, was fresh water cooled, no
rust. See Houle reference in GASOLINE ENGINES SINCE 1872 by C.H. Wendel.
The only known example to exist. $2365.00 (U.S. funds), shipping
internationally. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org Roger Grosser
York Compound Bronze Cylinder Heads
Fully machined and cast in silicon bronze. High pressure side and
low pressure side, new, never installed. $325 for the pair plus $66.00
for shipping by air, U.S. funds please.. Questions? email@example.com.
S.L. Belle PRICE REDUCED
SL Belle is a Fibreglass 17ft clinker hull, the mould was taken from a 1930's launch found in Narembeen Lake. The hull was built by Marshal Lord
and at the time had a work yard at Terry Hills, Sydney. Hulls were made as putt putt launches, some open and some with timber cabins.
The deck is Teak laid as well as the marlin board. A canvas front cabin is fitted with a aft awning. It can sleep two in a v-birth at front.
Finished construction in January 1997 Powered by 2 1/2" by 3" single cylinder engine of steel fabrication with Slip Eccentric Reversing gear.
Built by Andrew Palmer over eighteen months. Boiler is a vertical fire tube consisting of 120 fire tubes. Shell is 1/2" steel construction. Built over
six months by Andrew Palmer. Maximum operating pressure is 100 psi. Ready to run after about 20 mins firing.
Condensing system is used where by exhaust steam is turned back into water and pumped into the boiler automatically when required.
Fuel is brown coal briquettes, approximately 5kg per hour.
Maximum speed is 6 knots at 500 RPM.
Boiler is lagged with Jarrah, two 5l fresh water tanks, Windermere kettle.
Includes: Dual axle trailer, full cover, clinker fibreglass tender, life jackets, ropes, basic tool kit, navigation lights, tube cleaning hose.
Asking price is $POA Andy 0424169727
S.L. Rose Marie
Launch "Rose Marie" is for
for the first time in thirty
Sydney in 1883, kauri pine
(now Dynel sheathed). 23' x 6'-6". Straight stem, Counter Stern. 6+
knots. The hull was completely refastened all seams splined hull fared
and Dynel sheathed to allow dry storage and use without problems, all
restoration carried out by experienced shipwright including construction
of varnished tram seat seating around cockpit, new varnished beech v
jointed canopy underside with Dynel outer surface, new polished brass
supports and fittings.
Built by W & J Davis, 1966. Compound 2 1/4" & 4 7/8" x 4" stroke.
(Formerly fitted in S.l. "Sundown", 1970 - 1981). Engine driven air and
feed pumps, keel condenser. Copper sump fitted below engine to allow
maintenance of clean bilge.
Propeller: Chrome plated bronze 3 blade, 20" x 26".
Davis "keyhole" water tube,
built 1984. 140 psi, solid fuel (char). Superheater, Bilge Ejector,
by its third owner, Clive Stansfield in 1983 and completely refurbished
by him. Steam plant supplied and fitted by
John Davis. Used on
Harbour and River
Murray. Acquired by present
owner in 1986 and used exclusively on the
This classic launch has been restored and maintained to an exceptionally
high standard and is now located on purpose built four wheel registered
trailer at recent cost of over $ 10,000.
Graeme Ellis 0407 755 212
of Rose Marie on the slipping cradle not the new road trailer.
SL Clayton Maid, fibreglass hull, 20'6" with 4" x 6" single
cylinder engine and modified Wiles boiler. .
Clayton Lady, fibreglass hull, 25'6" with 3 3/4" x 6"
single cylinder engine and modified Wiles boiler.
Both launch boilers last inspected 20 Sept 2012.
Steam Launch "Elizabeth Rose"
Beautiful, elegant, modern fantail launch built in the style of a
classic timber Edwardian River Thames Steam Launch – very reminiscent of
that golden era.
First launched in 2000 on Pittwater, Sydney, the
fibreglass hull was one of 12 built by Debco Marine in Port Lincoln from
a slightly modified Philip Bolger fantail launch design. The decks and
gunwales are Burmese teak and the cockpit fit out is Honduran mahogany.
Polished brass and bronze fittings are used exclusively throughout.
The canopy is canvas on a steel frame supported by
turned mahogany stanchions designed to be removed to lower the height
Inclusions: Windermere kettle; curtain clears for
inclement weather; depth sounder; period sisal mooring lines and two
1.0m fenders recently added; water make up tank of 90 litres; Danforth
anchor; 8 life jackets and fire extinguisher.
Hull: LOA 7.32m x 1.98m x 0.51m (24ft x 6ft 6in x
1ft 8in) with displacement 1450kg.
Engine: Dolphin single cylinder manufactured by
Peter Uscinski, Brisbane. Bore x stroke 7.62cm x 10.16cm (3in x 4in).
3.75 hp at 110 psi & 250rpm.
Boiler: Vertical wet leg 60 litre fire tube boiler
suitable for coal, hard wood or briquettes.
Propeller: New propeller 14in x 19in (was 13.5in x
15in) geared to twice engine rpm.
Trailer: Dual axle 2000kg rating with hinged
drawbar to reduce storage length. Gross weight of boat & trailer is1840
kg with tow ball weight of 160kg.
|SOLD Steam Launch "Dolphin"
This is an opportunity not to be missed. Due to changing circumstances
and different interests, Robyn has decided to put the steam
launch "Dolphin" on the market.
The hull is 32' x 9'6" and all of spotted gum, very
strong and in sound condition. It is of carvel construction with full
planks (no joints) and copper fastened throughout. Professionally built
by Ian Taylor of Pittwater in 1987, initially fitted with a Chrysler
marine engine. The steam plant was installed in 1994.
The engine is a compound 4 1/4" + 7 1/2 " x 4" piston
valve HP & balanced slide valve LP to a design by Arthur Leak. The
castings were supplied by Anthony Beaver (UK) and machined in
The boiler is an Ofeldt design, with a steel centre
drum and copper tubes, designed and built by Andy Munns in Sydney.
Working pressure is 150psi. It is fired by a vaporising burner fuelled
by kerosene, which is supplied from an automatically pressurised tank.
Fuel consumption is around 10 litres per hour.
Exhaust steam is fed to an inboard condenser, with
a rubber impeller type pump supplying cooling water. The engine drives
the propeller shaft via heavy duty roller chain at 1:2 ratio. The bronze
propeller is, I think, 19 x 26. Cruising speed is around 4.5 knots at
120 rpm on average boiler pressure of 125 psi. There are twin crosshead
driven feed pumps, with a hand pump for backup. All plumbing is copper
with industrial grade bronze fittings. The design and construction of
the engine is traditional in every respect.
The varnished trim is mahogany. Steering is by
Morse cable, with an elegant bronze wheel. There are two v-berths and a
Dolphin is a really beautiful vessel in good
working order. Routine maintenance, such as painting and varnishing, is
all that is needed to keep her operating. "Dolphin" is in going trim and
only requires a match. There is even air pressure in the fuel tank
ready to operate.
Robyn would like to see the vessel change hands
very soon as she is not in a position to complete topside maintenance
(painting & varnish) although still good, and is willing to sell at a
very reasonable price to see the vessel in good hands. Currently on a
mooring, "Dolphin" would need a crane & transport to remove, although
the mooring could be transferred if the new owner left it on Lake Burley
SOLD For Sale
Two Steam Boats built by the late Grant
Marks of SA.
(1) The Clayton Maid (white) Fibreglass hull 20'6": 4" x 6" single cyl,
non-condensing, SLRG, 100psi. $20,000
(2) The Clayton Lady (blue). Fibreglass hull 25' 6": 3 3/4" x 6" single cyl
slip eccentric, condensing, 100psi.
Both vessels fitted with modified Wiles water-tube
boilers passing last inspections 20-9-12. F
2 Blade RH
3 Blade RH
3 Blade RH
3 Blade LH
3 Blade RH
2 degree Taper
1"dia 2degree Taper
3/4" dia 2degree Taper
1 1/4" 2degree Taper
1" 2degree Taper
274mm (10 3/4")
300mm (11 3/4")
420mm (16 1/2")
400mm (15 3/4")
440mm (17 5/16")
363mm (14 5/16")
|Free to a
Huon/ King Billy pine
Built 1890-1910, about 20 ft, needs restoration, originally
steam powered, located at Strahan, Tasmania.
Strahan originally, was used up & down the Gordon river.
have had a steam engine & a tiller. It is approx 6m long & 2.5m at
the widest point.
In the cabin you
can stand up unless you're very tall. Flat timber around the rear
section, very wide, easily sat on.
being sold & the boat must go to a new home or otherwise be destroyed or
Don't want this
to happen, as it's a piece of Tassie history.
Are you or anyone
you know interested??
Must go ASAP!
Historic Murray River paddle boat boiler and
This is a rare opportunity to acquire unique steam
boat engines and boiler.
The original boiler from the PS Alfred and engines from
the PS Ruby.
Both in need of restoration.
17 foot long
Mahogany clinker steam Launch. Strath Steam vertical fire tube
boiler. 120 ¾” copper tubes.
when required . Engine double acting with keel condenser. The canopy
folds down for compact travelling on easy launch gal trailer. Removable
front windows and removable table over engine.
Engine and boiler
1997 hull restored at this time dry and very sound hull originally
built in 1949 as Port Adelaide fishing boat and very sea worthy. This
boat is stored in dry boat shed and boiler is dried out when stored.
Very user friendly and a joy to steam.
Kettle, Brass nav lights, Tools and spares. Built by Paul and David
Malpas, Need I say more?
Complete set of moulds for the DEBCO 24’ fantail launch.
For person or persons interested in building a lovely fantail launch the comprehensive set of GRP moulds are available to purchase.
Moulds as follows: - hull, deck, floor, interior seats and liner, console, canopy and various smaller moulds.
All laminate schedules would be advised. Total package $8,000. ONO.
Phone Graham Daniels 0402 155 763 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Elizabeth Rose is a beautiful example of a Debco hull.
SOLD May 2015
This boiler is a water-tube type based on
the “keyhole” type developed by Mr Davis and manufactured by John Davis
of Sydney during approximately 1985.
It was purchased to provide steam for a Simpson
Strickland 4x8x5 compound marine engine which was to drive a large steam
launch. Unfortunately the project never saw the light of day and
the engine was sold. The boiler was used occasionally to steam the
engine for interested viewers at my house in the large shed in the back
garden, fired both by diesel burner, then later on, by dry timber.
The boiler was always maintained full of
treated water and generally under a vacuum between firings, and is in
as-new condition internally.
Total heating surface, approximately 28 square feet.
120 psig, (8 bar)
Main steam branch
1. 1/4 BSP
Height to base of funnel
Length, excluding fittings
25 inches at base
Approx. 200 kg.
Grate area available
16”x 22” = 2.4 square feet.
Located in Freemantle Western Australia
Geoff Atterton: email@example.com
compound engine for
. New, finest
workmanship with make-up and air pumps.
Only run on air to ascertain performance.
SOLD January 2013
cylinder steam engine. Bore 3” and 3 7/8” stroke with Stevenson link
reversing gear complete with drawings.
Beautiful 17ft River Launch
Built in 1999 by Bob McLeod
Cedar strip plank hull with fibreglass skin
Single cylinder 2 3/8 ” x 2 ¼ ”, reversing, condensing and feed water
5-6 knots at 250 rpm maximum 8-9 knots
Vertical fire tube boiler 61 x 1” copper tubes, 14 sqft heating surface
natural Draught 100 psi working pressure
Scotch crank donkey pump for boiler feed
Complete with registered trailer
SIMPSON STRICKLAND ENGINE
SOLD NOVEMBER 2012
Engine number 1183, date of manufacture 1892.
Details: 4” X 8” X 5” stroke, compound, shown in SS catalogue as Fig. 2
23 ihp at 150 psi.
This beautiful engine is in original condition with all fittings
including feed and air pumps.
was originally purchased new from Simpson Strickland & Co Ltd. by a NZ
steamer operator but had very little use before finishing up as a
display engine at the Wanganui Technical College in 1902 until purchased
by a collector.
present owner purchased the engine in 1984 with the intention of placing
it in a suitable hull, but this project never got off the ground and the
engine remained grounded for occasional steamings.
Sold Jan 2013
20’ Epoxy/ply lap strake launch. 12.5mm
marine grade ply epoxy bonded clinker.
Warrego 3”x4” piston valve single cylinder
5HP steam engine by Strathsteam of Goolwa S.A.
Boiler: Blackstone/Yarrow design, all
copper except steel tie bolts & end caps on main drum. HS 16.6 sq ft.
Volume 30 litres. Condensate return 54 l/hr. Condensing feedwater
system with backup freshwater storage tank.
Full length solid roof canopy with full
storm covers. Canopy lowers for storage & travel. Plumbed Windermere
piping, whistle & blowdown tube. Electric navigation & internal
Fitted Storage: Briquette hopper & fresh
16” x 22” bronze propellor
“Premier” galvanised steel trailer (12m reg)
with over-ride brakes. Total weight 1.5 tonnes.
Built and supplied by Strathsteam in 1999
to single owner. Full maintenance and complete log books.