To the best of my knowledge there
is no other engine on the market anything like the Elliot Bay Triple.
If you want an engine that looks
like it was built in 1900 and you want a triple there is no choice. There
are other triples around but they don't look like a "real" ship's engine.
Pat Spurlock of Elliot Bay Steam
Launch Co. has done a amazing job in producing castings for an engine
that can be built and run. There are three engines running that I know of
and I have seen and experienced one of them. Those engines are an amazing
credit to the engineers that have built them.
The engine is sold on the basis
that it is not ready for production. What this means is that if you take all
the castings and machine them to the drawings supplied it will not all go
together, let alone run. Some of the builders have tried this approach.
I was aware of this when I bought
the engine and was prepared that building it was going to be a bit more
involved than assembling a Stuart steam model.
What it means in practice is that
you have to think forward several steps and just check that what you are
making will fit the next bit and the bit you have already made. That's not a
bad idea anyway.
Pat has gone to considerable
lengths to get the engine to the production ready state and is currently
re-drawing many of the original drawings. He has gone out of his way to make
modifications to a number of castings and to investigate and take steps to
correct many of the problems that some of the builders have had.
The problems in manufacture might
be seen as a criticism of the design but in hindsight the problem solving
necessary to overcome them has proven to be one of the more rewarding
aspects of the entire project.
One of the builders commented to me
that he was interested in designing and building an engine and that
is close to the truth.
The bottom line is that it can be
done and one of the purposes of this site is to encourage people to do it
When the engine turned over on the
bench for the first time in April 2002 at 300rpm driven by an electric motor
all of the problems seemed worthwhile.
Would I recommend the engine as a
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