Now we had engine and boiler, and then curiosity visited the shop. Serendipity and curiosity are uncontrollable pals.
What are we missing? How do we tie boiler and engine together?
So some research, first into archives of the Museum’s Yachting symposium where we found articles on “Vapor” a Herreshoff steam launch restoration with engine and boiler like ours: then to our microfilm of Herreshoff plans: and then to sources of steam enthusiasts.
Vapor lead us to a New Zealander who was building a Herreshoff replica with Herreshoff engine and boiler etc.
Herreshoff steam systems are “closed” loop systems with condenser, again unlike railroad engines where steam goes out the stack and water tanks are necessarily spaced out along the track.
Our research identified key components; engine, boiler, feed pump, condenser, water tanks, and plumbing.
Now we had all the major mechanical parts. But Steve where are your plumbing drawings? This ain’t nuclear science!