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Stirling powered boats, both large and small, are a growing field of interest.
History of Stirling/Hot Air engine powered boats :
- Former steam paddle boat The Highland Lad, built Glasgow, 1818. Steam engine replaced in 1827 with 20 hp. regenerative air engine designed and built by James Stirling.
- The Caloric ship Ericsson, built New York, 1853. Fitted with 250 hp engine designed by John Ericsson.
- The Caloric yacht Harriette, built New York, 1858. Fitted with 24-inch caloric engine designed by John Ericsson.
- The Caloric yacht Julie Allis built Skaneateles, 1858, fitted with 24 inch engine
- The Primero a 331 ton screw steam boat built by the Continental Iron Works, New York, for Pesant Brothers and Co. Launched 1861, sunk 1862. Originally designed to be fitted with a horizontal engine , designed by John Ericsson, actuated by a mixture of steam and atmospheric air. The engine was not completed due to the start of the civil war.
- The Johan de Witt, built Holland, 1957. Fitted with a 40 hp Phillips 1-365 engine.
Some examples of Stirling boats :
- Boats with engines built by members of the Stirling Engine Society
- Bob Sier's 4 cylinder double acting engine fitted on his a 1973 built Mirror sailing dingy
- Norris Bomford's "Long-tail" boat showing propellor drive.
This video shows boat on the River Thames, 2007. Single cylinder beta engine with model aeroplane propellor.
- Norris Bomford at the helm of his in his triple beta engined boat, River Thames, 2007.
- Malcolm Rowney with his single cylinder rhombic drive engine. River Thames, 2007.
- Julian Wood with his triple transferator engine, River Thames, 2007.
- Harry Diers, Stirling outboard engine, Tasmania, 2006. Some films of his outboard Stirling engines can be found on YouTube
- Roy Darlington's model boat Sterling Silver
- Jim Tangeman's wood fired paddle boat, California, USA.
- A short film of Stirling power boats built in the UK.
- Stirling powered submarines