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Center for Wooden Boats, Steam Launch Puffin, Seattle, WA
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Steam Launch Puffin was built in 1906 by the Truscott Boat Works in St. Joseph Missouri. She was powered by an early gasoline engine, though her hull design, a “Compromise” model, was originally intended for steam power. Her construction is oak planks over cypress frames. She was found derelict, restored and converted to steam power in 1975. Steam launches like Puffin were popular in the 1880’s, when the only other options for propelling boats were rowing and sailing. Although Puffin’s steam power plant is relatively new, it is practically indistinguishable from a steam plant from the earlier era. Her boiler burns wood; usually scrap from the Center’s boat shop. A bushel basket of wood propels her for about an hour. Volunteer machinists built the current engine from a commercially available kit. Puffin’s power plant, while modern, closely resembles a typical steam power plant used in steam launches in the 1800s. (from: Wooden Boat Foundation)
Copyright: Bill Edwards
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Uploaded: 20/08/2012
Updated: 03/07/2014
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Tags: boats; wooden boats; seattle; washington; lake union; steam launch puffin; center for wooden boats
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