Modern Steam Yachts

Vital Spark

Vital Spark (Photo from MacFarlane collection.)

Some yachtsmen have managed to capture the experience of marine steam power by installing small modern engines or even ancient antiques. Most use propane for fuel but a few burn wood or other fuels. The Vital Spark was owned by Don Thompson of Victoria BC (he was the Master of the Thermopylae Club). The best place to see these magnificent yachts is at summer boat festivals and shows - where the owners are often pleased to put them on display.

Small steam yacht

Small steam yacht gathers a crowd at Cowichan Bay BC. (Photo from MacFarlane collection.)

Small steam engine

A beautiful small steam engine. (Photo from MacFarlane collection.)

Admiring fans

Admiring fans. (Photo from MacFarlane collection.)

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