Florida Show!

| November/December 1974

  • Firefly engine
    ''Firefly'' engine.
    Walter T
  • The outside or overall view
    This shows the outside or overall view and the trailer on which he hauls it. Courtesy of Walter T. Smith, Route 3, Newport, Pennsylvania 17074
    Walter T

  • Firefly engine
  • The outside or overall view

Route 3, Newport, Pennsylvania 17074

Back in January from the 18th to the 27th, Fort Pierce, Florida held their Annual Sandy Shoes Festival. It has been in observance since back in the late 1950s. It gets bigger every year. They have now added a steam show too. This year the 'Steam Meet' was held on Saturday, January 19, 1974.

There were models displayed and working on a table. There was a steam boat there. I took several pictures of this handiwork of Barney Powers. Also, I'm sending the specifications of the steam launch 'Firefly'.

The show was managed by Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Kane. Since last year, Mr. Kane passed on, but Mrs. Kane managed to have the show by herself. The Kanes have had several volumes published, series entitled 'Steam Power in the United States and the World.'

I was to this celebration this year and I believe the energy crisis kept the entire program somewhat smaller.

STEAM LAUNCH 'FIREFLY' Built and owned by: Barney Powers, 909 38th St., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407. Specifications: Hull, Length - 16' Beam - 5'7', Prop - 14' x 17', Steering - Tiller, Est. displacement with boiler and tanks full - 1170 lb. Draft - 23' Condenser area - 2.5 sq. ft. Engine 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 x 2 compound double acting steam engine. Rated 5 H.P. at 600 RPM. 120 lb. Stephenson reverse gear. Full gear cut-off 93 percent. Boiler, Old felt type water tube boiler. Drum - 10-3/4 O.D. x .365 wall. Water tubes - 12 coils 1' pipe .113 wall. 21.9 sq. ft. heating area. Hydraulic checked at 350 PSI. Working pressure - 120 lb. Safety valve 150 lb. Vaporizing type burner. Fuel - kerosene. Approx. 6 ft. 1/2 O.D. pipe feed heater. Miscellaneous features, Engine driven gear pump for boiler feed water. Engine driven piston vacuum pump for condensate return. 3/4' auxiliary hand pump. Portable air tank for fuel feed. Displacement lubricator. Hot well with oil separator. Keel condenser 20' of 1' copper tube. 9 gal. fuel tank operated at 30 p.s.i. 1 cu. ft. air tank - cap. 150 p.s.i. Canvas top - removable. Makeup water - 6 gal. 'Firefly's' machinery was built by the owner in 1970-71. The molded fiberglass hull was then modified to accept the machinery and oversize prop. A low slung trailer was designed and built by the owner to facilitate ramp launching. Engine castings and boiler drum were supplied by Reliable Industries, New Baltimore, Mich.


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