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peter ogborne
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Another steam boat that is being built down my way is The Lugworm ,propelsion by a home built steam engine and flash boiler ...these boats are wetting my appetite !!
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russell
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2003 - 04:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Go4it, Pete. Steam is very addictive. Forget about flash boilers- too frenetic. You need vertical firetube and coal firing for real effect. Take you out in "Romany" if you are ever in New Zealand and get you hooked! Russell
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Keith
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 04:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pete, Russell is right about steam being addictive. I disagree about the flash boilers though. Coal being dirty and hard to get in some parts of the US. Use a oil furnace burner and diesel fuel with a pressure switch on the boiler and everything can be automatically controled. No smoke mess, or troubles firing up and maintaining steam. With wood,coal firing one is constantly tending and throtleing the load. This in my oppinion keeps you from enjoying the trip as your always tending to some need of the system.

I'd be happy to discuss it in further detail with you if you want. The Vererable Doble steam car used a flash boiler and it would go over 100 MPH, condensed the steam and made no noise, other that that of the burner. Everything was automatically controlled.

Keith
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peter ogborne
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the advice Keith ,my two friends here have used LPG gas ,what do you think of that ?
I have not yet collected the steam engine for my project yet .All i know about it is that it came from a steam car ,is of a vee configuration and has a flash boiler [ all at a very reasonable price]. The engine is in working order [ on air ]but the present owner thinks that the flash boiler may not suitable .....so i await to see.
Yes i would be plesed and grateful for any advice etc that you can offer.
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Keith
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 03:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Pete,
Many use LPG gas to start their boilers when using steam atomization oil burners. If you go with a furnace type electric driven pump/burner assembly you can forget the LPG. You will of course need an inverter and a gerator or alternator driven off the engine to keep the battery topped off. You can email me at:

k6fee@yahoo.com

and we can chat about steam. We can even chat live on Yahoo messanger. I was going to build or buy a steam powered boat, but ended up with a very early diesel powered one instead. She's 78' long, 17' beam, 8.5' draft. Built in 1929, of riveted steel, plumb bow, knuckle stern with a fantail. She's powered by her original 1929 Atlas Imperial 6cyl, 140hp, direct drive/ direct reversing engine!! With a 8 1/2" bore and 12" stroke, turning 380rpm max!!

Any way been into the steam, antique internal combustion marine stuff for many years and have a rather impressive collection of antique books and manuals covering said topics.

I look forward to chatting with you.

Keith
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andrew
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 07:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Photo from Peter of the SS Lugworm

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russell
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 12:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I accept my bigotry for vertical fire tubes and coal: Bear with me I am old and silly. Also I agree that coal is dirty. But I like the smell. Peter Sewell, one of our enthusiasts here in NZ is firing his water tube boiler with a silent oil burner using recycled old cooking oil with the food scraps filtered out that he gets from fast food outlets.
It smells appetising! It also goes very well.
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russell
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 12:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

PS, Lugworm looks great, well done! The crew look senior enough to be admitted to the International Fraternity of coal adicts!
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peter ogborne
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Russell for your kind words . Yes one member was of the ''Senior Service '' ,funny how after years of prowling around the engine room of" HMS Whatever "you then return in your senior years and mess around with a vessel like Lugworm . Marion ,Buzz's wife does not like the SS put in front ,she feels people will resort to Slugworm !
The other gent ,standing was a shipwright in his other life and is responsible for the beautiful work on the hull.

My own little project may soon come to fruition.
I intend purchasing a small half cabin clinker hull named " Juno ". This vessel was fitted with a Stuart Turner P55 . I have the option on buying a Bell and Bowen steam engine and flash boiler . This combination will make a quite unusual unit .
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