Steam Launch Amity

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One of the long time favorites at the annual San Diego Wooden Boat Festival is the 28-foot replica steam launch Amity. Designed, built and operated by Chuck Darragh, she features a plumb stem, fantail stern, and a full canopy that keeps the riders out of the sun and protected from flying ash. Amity’s diesel fueled boiler takes 12 minutes to reach working pressure, and her V-compound engine is rated at 10 Horsepower with a cruising speed of 5 knots. Chuck estimates he’s carried over 3500 passengers in the last 14 years at the Festival. He happily shares information about the workings of steam engines and the 100-year history of these small launches. A retired engineer, Chuck jokingly says, “I love to see things that go round and round.” Amity, and the San Diego Maritime Museum’s yacht Medea, are the only known steam engine vessels currently operating in San Diego waters.

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