ordinarily didn't emit much smoke. However, when it
was "necessary to show admirers that the boat was,
indeed, a steamboat," a couple chunks of old rubber
tires tossed into the firebox did the trick. From
the collection of Steve & Ellen Wikstrom.
came equipped with a head, it. was removed while the
boat was on Skaneateles Lake. The plumbing connection
was disconnected to ensure compliance with water quality
standards to protect the lake as a drinking water
supply source for nearby Syracuse, NY. "
At the end of
each voyage, steam pressure remaining in the boiler
was used to steam clean the engine and remove any
excess grease and oil. When Phoebe was cleaned-up
and the fires banked, the day would, at times, be
finished by cooking hot dogs and kabobs in the fire
Phoebe was called upon to host groups of businessmen
(One group included over 20 insurance salesmen!),
or to function as a Committee Boat for sailboat races
at the nearby Skaneateles Country Club. On another
cruise it carried 36 Guernsey dairy farmers, their
wives and families for an outing on the lake. And
on the morning of July 25, 1970, Phoebe entertained
groomsmen before the wedding of Gary & Karen Kappesser."
When Arve Wikstrom
was killed in an airplane accident in 1976, the boat
was put up for sale. It was bought by a Mr. Cordingly
who intended to haul it to Lake Tahoe in California.
But when he found out it would cost $10,000. to do
so, he sold it a few months later to the City of Kingston,
ONT, Canada where it had originally been built 62
major funding from the Canadian Department of National
Museums, Jack Telgmann and members of the Frontenac
Society of Model Engineers acquired Phoebe on behalf
of the City of Kingston, Ontario and returned it to
Kingston as a Canadian National Treasure.
He put the boat
through its paces in the Thousand Islands Region of
the St. Lawrence, and in 1982, Phoebe was the lead
boat in the opening ceremonies in Ottawa at the celebrations
of the 150th Birthday of the Rideau Canal.
the boat was put in storage in a boathouse behind
the 1849 Pump House Steam Museum in Kingston, a building
restored in 1973 by the Frontenac Society as a present
for the city's 300th Birthday. And there it remained
for 15 years.
Pump House Steam
Museum in Kingston, Ontario
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