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c.1900 Fan-Tailed Steam Launch for the Brass Era Collector Who Has Everything!


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I realize this is not an automobile, but I know a lot of early car guys like early boats. Can you just imagine this boat being pulled into a car show behind a big Locomobile or Thomas touring car?

This circa 1900 steam launch built by John Bross of Dexter, Michigan. He was known for building fine launches and there is an original, period newspaper clipping describing this boat after it was built as well as photos of the boat when he completed it and a photograph of the building it was built in. This launch has a 20' keel length and a 4' 11" beam. It has a water tube boiler, a Reliable two-cylinder compound steam engine which is oil fired. The deck is parquet wood work and the entire deck is trimmed in hand formed copper. The exotic wood inlay is seen throughout the deck both on the outside as well as the inside. It has a beautiful fantail (wine glass) stearn which is unusual for launches of this period. The engine cylinders are clad in brass and veneered wood and it has the Stephenson-patented reverse mechanism as well as an intricate steering mechanism. It is in well preserved original and complete condition and was last used in 1982. The wood hull appears solid with no rot or separation or any signs of structural damage. All of the mechanical and steam elements appear intact and the engine does turn over. The steering assembly works as it should. This is a great piece of early Americana that is suitable for any museum collection and can be carefully preserved and displayed in its current condition. Of course, it could also be restored and made to operate again and would certainly be a crowd pleaser at any vintage boating events. The price is 24,500.00 which includes a contemporary trailer which was built for this boat. It is located near St. Louis, MO. I will send separate emails with more photos upon request. Email: motoringicons@hotmail.com or 734-730-4274. Thank you..

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