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04-15-2012, 01:20 PM
If I get the steps correct there will be photos of the W.T. Preston. It is a stern wheeler, steam powered snag boat. It was used to clean up the rivers and Puget sound. One of the photos show "what they do with the hook and cable when they are not in use". Everthing on the boat is powered by steam including generators, whinches, paddle wheel and the rotation of the boom.



04-15-2012, 04:02 PM
:D I love it! That is really something.

Alistair Hosie
04-15-2012, 04:25 PM
That is a beauty. I really like these old boats, thanks for sharing it with us. Kindest regards Alistair

Thomas Staubo
04-15-2012, 04:44 PM
Found this link:

I also learned what a snag boat was:

The upper Columbia was choked with snags (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snags), which were sunken logs jammed in the river bottom and sticking into the river. These could be significant barriers to navigation, as shown by the 23 days it took Clive to travel the 100 miles (160 km) up to Windermere Lake. A significant reason for this delay were the numerous snags in the river. Snag removal was done by a specialized vessel called a "snag boat" which was equipped with a large hoist and powerful winches to pull the snags out of the river.
from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboats_of_the_upper_Columbia_and_Kootenay_Rive rs


04-16-2012, 09:13 AM
it looks like its a monument in a residental district. i would love to own it and actually live on it, be it on land or river. beautiful. thanks for the pixs.

04-16-2012, 09:19 AM
Stepside,, thanks for posting those great pics and info,, much appreciated.

oil mac
04-16-2012, 09:46 AM
Thanks for sharing the pics with us all, Brilliant old vessel, Any photographs of the main propelling engines which drive the stern wheel? would love to see the engineroom

brian Rupnow
04-16-2012, 10:36 AM
Stepside---Thank you very much!!!----Brian

04-16-2012, 09:59 PM
oil-mac No photos of the engines. I was so busy looking I forgot I had my camera. I would run up to Anacortes and take some except it is three hours round trip and even worse you pass two discount malls. This last trip my better half drained the "fun money" coffers.

If you take Brians Donkey Engine and lay the boiler on its side, centered on the axis you have the layout. You would have to put a large paddle wheel where Brian has the winch drum.