Lecture: “The Steam Launch VAPOR” by Ed Louchard

June 22, 2023 6:00 pm

Ed began boatbuilding at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in 1981. Upon graduation, he set up Point Hudson Boat Shop at the north end of Port Townsend, and commenced a lifelong path of restoring, building, designing, sailing, and generally messing about with boats. Ed kept the Point Hudson shop going until 2002, when he built his own boat shop at his home outside of Port Townsend. There, he again set up for boatbuilding and started Zephyrwerks, his sheavemaking business.

Prior to attending the boat school, Ed, at 19, learned blacksmithing and toolmaking from Maestro Alex Weygers, an old school artist, sculptor, toolmaker, and teacher. Ed produced hand made custom knives for collectors over the next 40 years.

Zephyrwerks sheaves and associated gear are made for individual boatowners and riggers seeking repair or upgrades to their running rigging and anchor rollers for themselves and their customers.

Ed will talk about the known history and the restoration of VAPOR steam launch #227, originally built 1902 and recently donated to the Herreshoff Marine Museum by the Martin family. VAPOR is the last known extant example of an HMCo. steam launch. Ed will explain the somewhat checkered past of this unique vessel, the research to find its half model, and the subsequent extensive restoration.

June 22, 2023

In-Person Reception begins at 6 pm
Lecture begins at 7 pm, Eastern

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