Connecticut River Museum Steamboat & Launch Show


| July/August 2000



The Connecticut River Musem Steamboat & Launch Show took place August 14-15, 1999 on the weekend immediately prior to Mystic Seaport's annual Antique Marine Engine Show. (Many participants in CRM show went on to participate in the Mystic Show.)

Weather was marginal to poor. It was humid, hot, showers with periods of heavy rain. River tide was unfavorable to boat-exhibitor launching (dead low tide at Main street ramp). Nonetheless, the show appeared to be very successful. Approximately 50 targeted invitations were mailed, 26 exhibitors responded, and most showed up despite the weather.

This steamboat event as an interesting show and received much favorable commentary.

Exhibits within the CRM Boat Shed included: 45 working-model and full-size steam engines, most of which were operating throughout the show dates (on compressed air). Three large steamboat models (the 53' Mount Washington, the Vivian Louise steam launch, and the 1890 Boucher).

Launches at the CRM Floating Docks included: Five steam launches (20' Firefly-S. Clogston;. 25' Osprey-CRM; 22' Kate-B. White; 23' Wahkeena-G. Rietze; 24' Charlotte Ann-E. & C. Russell). Two gas launches (Keeper-Mowry Mann; Excelsior-David Williams). One electric launch (23' Elco -Elco Electric Launch Company)

Three launches did not show up due to the threat of storm.