Need some help please
A bit of background first. Been interested in steam power for around 50 years. It is pretty fascinating. Even the largest marine engines have been scaled down and can still be ran on steam. Or small model engines can be scaled up, and used to propel boats, or whatever. Many of you will be aware of small oscillating, one cylinder steam engines - well the old Clyde Puffer freight boats used the same design engine, but enlarged considerably. And while it takes a lot of skill, and high dollar machinery to make even a one cylinder gas engine in your garage, you can basically make a working steam engine with only basic tools in your garage. And even if the engine you make leaks steam out of everywhere, it can still run. Heck, you can even covert a gas engine to run on steam with minimal effort.
Anyway, been interested in making a steam powered boat for a lonnng time, and a few years back decided to go for it. So started designing a boat. Not finished with the boat design yet because just want to make the one, but keep finding boats with some part I want to use or change, so keep making changes. But steam power is a given. At first thought a prop driven boat, most people who make hobby steam boats go that route. But then saw a sidewheel boat, and decided I like that a lot more. Things went along, then awhile back found a picture of a quarterwheel hobby steamboat, named Rattlesnake, in one of my books, and loved the design. A sidewheel or sternwheel steamboat is pretty much self explanatory. A quarterwheeler has its wheels mounted on the side of the boat, as a sidewheeler does. However, the wheels are not mounted in the center of the sides, but at the rear of the boat. This allows the manuverability of sidewheels, but has protection that a sternwheeler does not have. Explanatory photos below.
At about the same time found model engine plans in one of my model steam engine books. It is definitely different. The 3 cylinders are mounted pointed down, and attached at the top/bottom of the cylinders, so they swing back and forth, but do not oscillate. the piston rods are connected to the crankshaft, which is above the cylinders. I think I could make something somewhat similar to this, maybe. But the exaust and intake are extremely unlike anything I have ever seen. I can' recall who designed this, if I could might have been able to fine the design.
I've looking for both books but haven't found them yet, and been looking for a few months now. There are only 2 places they should be, but they aren't. If I could get the names of the books the are in I would likely be able to buy them. I don't know how many books on boats and boat making, steam engines, steam boats, etc., but I've gone thru all of them, some twice.
I have one book with a different hobby quarterwheel steamboat, but the quality is horrible, and the pictures I took were even worse. So no really close photo of what I am after.
I would really appreciate if one of you can provide me with book names, or designer's name, I would really, really, appreciate it. A batch of tools seemed to follow my younger son when he moved out, but I'm pretty sure he had no interest in any of my books
Crap. Just thought of a search phrase I hadn't used before. That showed a few books I'd never ran across before, and want. It also showed me 2 or 3 other books that I have and forgotten about, but haven't found those either. I do sell books on occasion, but do NOT sell my boat or steam books. I misplace a book once in awhile, and have to search it out. But 4 or 5? Hopefully it is one of the Small Gods just playing tricks on me and the will show up soon.
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Last edited by JOAT; 01-16-2020 at 10:41 PM.