Recommended  Reading

STEAMBOATS & Modern Steam Launches*
by Bill Durham
A reprint of the original magazine that ran 1961-63

The Steam Launch*
by Richard M. Mitchell 
An illustrated history of steam powered boats. Covers steam hulls, engines, boilers, boatmakers.

"Verbal" Notes& Sketches for Marine Engineer Officers
by  J.W.M. Sothern various editions starting around 1901
A Manual of Steam Engineering Practice
Long out of print but generally available from online 2nd hand bookstores

Thermodynamics of the Steam Engine
by Cecil Peabody various editions from 1889 till 1909 and beyond
Thermodynamics and all the calculations you need for design.
Long out of print but generally available from online 2nd hand bookstores

Steamboat Register**
By Brian Hillsdon and Brian Smith
An illustrated and descriptive register of steam vessels

*Available from
Elliot Bay Steam Launch Co. A complete description is available
**Available from Steam Boat Association  of Great Britain


Steam Boat Association of Australia


The website includes details of Australian steamboats and related projects, classified advertisements listing steamboats and stuff for sale and details of the association's activities

Steam Boat Association  of Great Britain

Publishes "The Funnel", a quarterly journal full of useful information


A great web site giving access to publications, reference material, bulletin board etc.


International Steamboating Society


Published 10 Steamboater's Handbooks, invaluable reference material


Coming back to life after being missing in action for a few years (August 2005)


Northwest Steam Society


An interesting site with lots of information about a variety of steamboats


Hobby Steamboater's Web Ring


A list of various steamboat sites


Web Resources

Elliot Bay Steam Launch Co.

Suppliers of Books, Engine casting sets, Boilers, Traditional hulls, Propellers and more.





Triple Expansion Engines in Ships

Lady Hopetoun 

Sydney's elegant steam "Yacht" . Just 100 years young she is available for charter for very reasonable rates, her triple expansion engine is poetry in motion. She steams reasonably regularly on the harbour.


A magnificently restored Edwardian steam powered yacht on Sydney Harbour.

T.S.S. Earnslaw

A New Zealand Ship in Queenstown. Twin 500HP triple expansion engines. Magnificent viewing access to the engine room. Listen to the telegraph jingle and the reversing engines throw the links  over as the engine effortlessly goes from ahead to astern. (You have to take a ride to experience this!)

Virginia V

 The Steamer Virginia V is a 122-foot steam-powered passenger vessel, built in 1921 at Maplewood, north of Gig Harbour on the South Kitsap Peninsula, and was launched on March 9, 1922.  (She recently celebrated her 80th birthday!)

Her website has some excellent videos of a triple running




Other Steam Engine Builders on the Web

 Ralph Sahli at

Ralph is a self-taught machinist who has built  a twin steam engine with an 80mm bore and 100mm stroke.

His site is in German but has many useful pictures on construction that are self explanatory.

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