It’s your weekend Dads, you know that one day a year where you get to do what you want.Like spend all day in a hardware store, or just flop and have cheese doodles served to you while your kids tell you how wonderful you are. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Just kidding, that aint gonna happen. The real deal is you get to choose whats for dinner. OR, and here is the Win win, say, I want to go to the Antique Boat Museum.
Force the kids to put down the Game Boy and go. Sure they will roll their little beauty eyes that are stabbing you. But once you are there, they will LOVE you all over again for being the best dad ever. And no matter how steamed up they all get for going to do one of “your boat things” they will thank you big time cause this week, at the Antique Boat Museum where you can see members of the Great International Steamboat Flotilla who are visiting the museum. And trust me, it took them a loooong time to there. So your drive aint nothing.
Steamboats visiting this week are Flying Cloud, Phoenix, Reciproca, Pemigewasset, Saucey, Golden Eagle, Iron Butterfly, Sunapee Zephyr, Barbara Ann, and Aurora Borealis.
The ABM has two steam launches similar to those visiting in its collection. Ariel was built in Greenwood Lake, NY around 1884-5 and supposedly was part of the Shadow Lawn estate in NJ. Originally powered by Naphtha, Ariel is currently powered by a 1926 one cylinder Palmer engine. Geraldine was built in 1885 at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH for the US Postal Service. From the 1920s until World War II, Geraldine worked as a supply boat with an internal combustion engine. After acquiring her in 1969, Mr. Louis Allen outfitted Geraldine with her original 1886 Sisson triple expansion engine. Geraldine is one of no more than 10 steam launches with both hull and engine certifiably over 100 years of age.
So? when you show up, look all this up on your app, and you will look like the antique boat god that you are.
We will add, that up close and in person, these Steamboats are cool has all get out. Not that they can get out of there own way, but very very cool, all the fun is playing with the engine and just having a very calm ride. This is worth a visit and will slow the family down for a change!