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Interesting boats:  Bridget 30 Steam Tourboats

A Bridget 30 steaming along a sea wall in Japan after returning from a trial run with the new owners aboard.  These boats are the most popular steam tourboats built since 1913.  Real beauties!

"Michinoku Rhode Island" on a trail run, the day prior to
U. S. Coast Guard Inspection for certification to carry 18 passengers for hire under SubChapter "T" Regulations.
Lloyd basks in the sun on a hot summer day in Wickford, RI harbor.  The bugs are worked out of the system and all engines are now full speed ahead.  A top speed of 5.9 knots was attained, with a cruising speed of 5.5 knots.

At left:  The canvas men start early in the day to fit the patterns for the curtains surrounding  the cockpit, for protection from the weather.

At right:  This Bridget 30 has burgundy canvas work for the curtains and the canopy fringe.  This color gives the boat a rich look complimenting the fine woodwork and brass railings.  The stack in made of two layers of stainless steel separated by an inch of R58 material, and is then coated with 0.022" brass as a finish.  The canopy supports, boarding rails, and the side railings are 1.5" brass HD tubing.  The odd pipe protruding from the canopy is the overflow of the boiler safety valve.  The main deck is inlaid ash with mahogany covering boards.  The rubrail is semi-hard vinyl with a 1/2" nylon rope insert.

Above: The Bridget 30 floats high with such a light load.  Her displacement is 9,200# with the full compliment of 18 passengers.  At such time the waterline is at the water.  This is the third steam tourboat adapted from this design.  Each of the boats has been slightly different, but all with Code boilers, either oil or wood fired, and with 3" & 5" X 4" condensing compound engines.