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Old 04-01-2005, 07:15 PM   #1
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Smile Nellie

The Nellie
In 1875 Nellie, the first propeller-driven steamboat arrived on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Brought overland by Captain George Duncan from Portsmouth.
Eventually returning back to service on salt water.
After 84 years as a pleasure boat, Nellie was given to the Marine Historical Association at Mystic, Connecticut in 1956.


Boathouse at Mystic Seaport Museum where Nellie can be seen.


Built by The Atlantic Works in East Boston in 1872.


30’ 10” long x 5’ 1” wide


Like all steam launches, Nellie suffered from a low horsepower to weight ratio.


Her engine and boiler were heavy, probably something like 1600 pounds for the single cylinder 4 horsepower engine.
Very heavy compared to the 35 pounds of a 4 horsepower outboard today.




Powerful for the time, the engine could move this big boat by turning the large propeller at only 100 rpm.

Steam engines were better suited to much larger boats and ships where they took up proportionally less space and weight.
This steam launch has been restored to her original appearance.
Any admirer of classic steamboats should visit this small yacht at this excellent museum.
Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea.
More Nellie Photos

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Old 04-01-2005, 07:58 PM   #2
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Smile Wonderful Steamer!!

Thanks RG. Love the pic's. As always your reasearch is excellent and we here on the forum are lucky to see the fruits of your work... your posts.
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Old 04-01-2005, 10:21 PM   #3
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Default Could have swore I posted something on this thread before?

Anyway, nice historical excavation you have done here. I am a sucker for the boating history as you know.
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:57 AM   #4
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wow thats great . my wifes name is nellie. cant wait to tell her
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:02 AM   #5
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Default Great Stuff RG.

Nellie may be slow but boy is she graceful!

Get a load of all the curves!!!!!
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