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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)

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The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.

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