OUT of STOCK as of April 2011. You must go to an antiquarian book dealer to buy it now. Only the archive copy remains!
The Steam Launch
by Richard M. Mitchell
co-authored by Bill Durham
This richly illustrated history of steam powered boats is for the craftsman who wants to build an authentic, historically and technically correct, performance steam launch. Chapters on the naval architecture of the steam hull, engines, boilers, boatmakers, origins 200 years ago to present, etc.
Cover photo shows the 23 foot hull prescribed by Mitchell and co-author Bill Durham - the design that became the Elliott Bay 23-foot fantail steam launch hull.
Also useful to electric and gas launch builders, and collectors of steam equipment. Annotated bibliography, indexed. Tough reinforced cloth cover.
"The best book you can find on small steam-powered boats."
- International Marine Publishers
"Necessary for the steamboat hobbyist and historian alike."
"Not for fifty years has there been a complete book on the subject...it bids fair to become a classic."
ISBN 0-9641204-0-2, 8 1/2 x 11, 350 pages
Hard Cover, 300+ B & W photos and line drawings