On this page you will find links to a variety of steam boat-related sites:
Recommended Reading: Essential reading for the steam boat enthusiast
Organisations & Societies: There are a number of organizations of people with similar ideals to the SBAA
Individual Steam boater's Sites: A number of individuals have sites related to steam boating
Commercial Sites: Where to look to buy an engine, a boiler or a hull
STEAMBOATS & Modern Steam Launches*
A great web site giving access to publications, reference material, bulletin board etc.
A web site catering for steamboats and traction engines. Some excellent photos and details of local boats
Published 10 Steamboater's Handbooks, invaluable reference material
Missing in Action for a few years but now coming back to life (updated 7 August 2005)
An interesting site with lots of information about a variety of steamboats
A list of various steamboat sites
Owns and operates two original steam ships on Sydney Harbour: the steam yacht Lady Hopetoun and the steam tug Waratah. Currently restoring the coastal steamship John Oxley.
Swiss Steamboat Association
Several photos of steam boats. The text is German (Translate it with Babelfish )
The association counts up-to-date over 160 members and combines at present 34 small steam boats on practically all larger Swiss lakes. Further 4 steam boats are at present in different building stages between keel-laying and completion.
is based in
Individual Steamboater's Sites
Ralph Sahli at www.steamboat.ch
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.
Peter Cowie at http://users.bigpond.net.au/cowiepeters/
An Australian site detailing the construction of a triple expansion marine steam engine
Rainer Radow at http://www.steamboating.de/radow.html
An excellent German site with an English version. A "must visit"
Plenty of details about his own project as well as lots of pictures of German steamboats
Frank Meijers at www.mszwerver.nl
An excellent and very interesting Dutch site with a number of steamboats and projects detailed
A New Zealand Launch you can take a trip on.
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.
Built at Cockatoo Island in 1902 , this coal burning steam tug is the oldest tug in working order in Australia.
A magnificently restored Edwardian steam powered yacht on Sydney Harbour.
Another New Zealand Ship. 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!)
Imagine the lines of a Viking karv or inshore yacht. Now modify the stern for screw propeller propulsion and fit a Kitchen rudder; set the LOA at 21' 6" (LWL 20 feet) with a beam of 6' 8" (BWL 5' 9"). Remove the mast and oarholes and install a 3" x 4" inverted crosshead single cylinder engine and a 25+ sq.ft. watertube boiler with a pressure-regulated 12vdc oil burner (burning biodiesel).
A South Australian company
manufacturing a variety of engines and boilers
Suppliers of Books, Engine casting sets, Boilers, Traditional hulls, Propellers and more.
A supplier of everything you need for a steamboat; engines, boilers, hulls, propellers, steam fittings and finished boats.
John Davis Engineering
Supplier of marine boilers etc.
1 Sykes Road Glenswood, Queensland, Australia 4570
61 (07) 54857101
Situated an hour or so north of Sydney.
Phil Heany has finished one steam boat, has almost completed restoring another and is about to commence building a 26' boat for a member
Manufactures a wide range of engines suitable for a steam launch from a 2 1/2 x 4" single through to a 7 HP triple expansion engine, a 200HP V4 or a geared impulse turbine.
They also supply boilers, hulls and accessories.
Boats is located only minutes from Lake Macquarie - NSW, an hour or so north
of Sydney. Their shipwrights have worked on a number of steam boats
They are experienced in restoration and repair of vessels new and old.
This site was last updated 12-Aug-2008