Fall 2017 Update Friends of the Phoebe

The Friends of the Phoebe are now volunteering for the tall ship St.Lawrence II at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where both the tall ship and the steam launch Phoebe are located. The Phoebe is safely exhibited in the Sail Measuring Room. Friends of the Phoebe and staff meet twice a year to discuss upgrades to the exhibit and to optimise her preservation.


We received a surprise photo and short story from the estate of Joseph Fulman, a USA citizen in Delaware who took fishing trips to Canada at the Sterling Lodge in Newboro on the Rideau waterway. Joseph and his friends took this lovely photo of the Phoebe.

 The Phoebe went to Ottawa in 1982 and this is most likely a rest stop at Newboro Locks since the photo was taken by Joseph Fulgham or one of his fishing buddies. We received this nice photo from Linda Fulgham, daughter in-law. Note the smoke emerging from the funnel and the nice reflection in the water. 


Friends of the Phoebe continue to donate to the Phoebe account at the City of Kingston. The Community Foundation informed the Friends of the Phoebe that the 2016 income from the two endowment funds, totalling $32,000 plus, was $1,048 this money was credited to the City of Kingston for the exhibit and educational work involving the historic steam launch.

While the amount is modest by city accounting we are proud that annually this funding is made available. The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area and The Friends of the Phoebe are to be commended for establishing and maintaining these endowments in perpetuity.

Combine that with the Gordon C. Leitch Discovery Centre endowment fund of just under $32,000 yielding around $1,000 per year for the Pump House Steam Museum and the Friends of the Phoebe continue contributing to the cultural heritage in Kingston.

We hope you enjoyed this update.


Preserving the Historic Steam Launch Phoebe.



The Friends of the Phoebe met on July 7, 2017, with City of Kingston staff to review the preservation of the wooden boat with her metal hardware, steam engine, boiler and propulsion system. This is part of a twice a year review called by the Manager of Cultural Heritage and attended by the Civic Collection Technician in Cultural Services. This gives the Friends of the Phoebe an opportunity to submit suggestions and to discuss common interests to promote and preserve the Phoebe. All this leads back to a motion that was unanimously supported by Council in their meeting on July 12, 2016. Click here for the report and motion. 

Friends of the Phoebe meet with city staff met at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on King Street West, the site of Phoebe’s exhibit  in the Sail Measuring Room. Staff and volunteers discuss the condition of the boat . From left to right: volunteer Gerrit van der Zwan, Civic Collection Technician Meaghan Eckersley, volunteers Paul Jeffrey and Dave Shurtleff. Henk Wevers took the photo. 

With the briefing notes and our preliminary comments collected, we met for the remainder of the meeting in one of the small conference rooms at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour to discuss details, and come to agreements about the preservation methods and enhancements to the exhibit.

From left to right: Dave Shurtleff, Gerrit van der Zwan, Paul Jeffrey discussing a  point on the aganda, Meaghan Eckersley, chairing the meeting. Photo by Henk Wevers. 

For the full details of the meeting and the subsequent minutes which were approved by the Manager of Cultural Heritage, see below at the end of this post.


The Friends of the Phoebe also received confirmation that the Department of Parks and Recreation are developing plans to re-erect the timber framed exhibit shelter that gave the Phoebe protection at her former exhibit at the Pump House Steam Museum. The structure was donated by, among others, Goodfellow Lumber from Delson, Quebec, and Upper Lake shipping from Toronto, Ontario. Students in the Building Construction Internship Program of the Limestone District School Board made the joinery and put it together under the watchful eye of their teacher in early 2008. For a series of photos depicting the construction click here.

When further information becomes available about the Phoebe exhibit and the timber framed shelter we will add more posts.

The Friends of the Phoebe wish their supporters a great summer, we will be back in the fall of 2017.


Full report on the first twice yearly meeting of the Friends of the Phoebe and staff from the Department of Culture at the City of Kingston.

We had our ltwice a a year meeting on  July 7, 2017, with  Meaghan Eckersley, Civic Collection Technician, Cultural Services, for the City of Kingston and a Cultural Services Collections Assistant. Friends of the Phoebe present: Paul Jeffrey, Gerrit van der Zwan, Dave Shurtleff and Henk Wevers. We met at the Phoebe Exhibit in the Sail Measuring Room of the POH.

Meaghan explained the monitoring of temperature, humidity and light intensity since March 2017. She would like to have a full year of measurements before releasing the data. The hull planks shrinkage and expansion is measured and there is a relationship with the seasons and the room’s micro-climate.

After a year of monitoring, the environmental data will be used by staff to assess the expansion and contraction of the hull planks and to determine whether or not intervention/repair is indicated.

At the sit-down meeting in the POH conference room agenda items were addressed and below with the suggestions and decisions included.

Stern flag and flagpole: Friends indicated that a new Canadian flag would be appropriate. Some Friends had suggested the British Ensign as more historically correct. However she was built in Kingston and sailed initially on Lake Muskoka, Canada. We also recommended to put a courtesy flag at the bow and it should be the Kingston flag. The flagpole should be cut off at the bottom 15 cm as it is chewed by rodents. Items approved and will be taken care off by staff.

Manager of Cultural Heritage: Provided the quotes are reasonable we can proceed with the addition of these flags on the existing poles. Our team will work to source and install these items.

Gaps in the hull: see above, action aimed at cosmetic repair after one year of data. Friends suggested a flexible caulking that stays flexible over time to accommodate the shrinkage and widening of the cracks. We submitted that the seams between the hull planking does not affect the structure in the land-based exhibit.

Paul Jeffrey: Suggest that hull cracks be left as they are at present without caulking. Any caulking performed now may simply lead to more problems in the future if Phoebe is kept in a more humid environment or if she is ever placed back in water. I suggest that we develop an information board for display at Phoebe which explains board shrinkage and expansion and how this is affected by type of wood, and orientation of board cuts from logs. 

Dave Shurtleff suggests: Regarding the gaps in the hull, I suggested that the hire a consultant who is qualified in the preservation of wooden boats and who is familiar with the latest calking materials and their properties be engaged before action taken.

Gerrit van der Zwan suggests: To use a soft compressible seam filling foam that is available at building suppl companies. It can be pressed into the seams and he can apply a soft latex caulking over it. Then paint the hull. If needed the foam filling and the caulking can be removed simply by pulling the foam filling out of the seams. Good for cosmetic improvement and reversible for without affecting the planks of the historic boat. 

Gerrit and the Friends volunteer offer to do this.

Manger of Cultural Heritage: We will continue to monitor the gaps in the hull. The suggestions and concerns made by the friends are noted and will be considered should our assessments indicate a need for conservation-based intervention.

LED lighting for the cabin will be implemented. We suggest that it can be switched by hand so it can be switched on by custodian of the sail room when an event takes place and the public can observe the Phoebe. Motion switch? Would be an alternative.

Manager of Cultural Heritage: As discussed, the best option from a collections care and logistical standpoint is a battery operated LED attached to a timer which will be installed in the cabin.

Trailer: Spot-painting of the aluminum parts of the transverse bunk supports will be painted in the colour of the trailer to hide the shiny metal. Friend of the Phoebe commented that the Phoebe is well supported over the full length of the keel and keelson and with the two bunks, installed by MetalCraft Marine specialists, and the several bilge supports that were part of the trailer design.

Paul Jeffrey adds:  It will be wise to periodically check and adjust pressure points on hull as needed.

Manager of Cultural Heritage: This painting will be undertaken by City staff. The trailers support and load displacement will continue to be monitored.

Engine decommissioning: The engine needs to be turned over a few times a year and engine cylinders need storage oil fogging. The oil comes in spray cans that can be purchased for a few dollars at Canadian Tire or equivalent outlet. Test engine state of preservation by turning the propeller by hand. Reasonable torque indicates normal friction ibetween cylinders and pistons and related parts.

Paul Jeffrey adds: Engine requires minimal maintenance such as oiling of the cylinders. There is no reason to remove the electric motor drive.

Boiler preservation: spray with storage engine fogging oil or Rust Check or any other preservation oily substance.

Manager of Cultural Heritage: These recommendations are noted.

Flagging tape: remove and install barrier instead by bolting posts to concrete floor or glue the base of the posts to the concrete. This would make the flagging tape superfluous and its removal improves the cosmetics of the exhibit.

Manager of Cultural Heritage: The flagging tape will remain in place in the immediate future and the retractable stanchions will be reset. Staff will look into more aesthetically pleasing flagging.

Plating railings: Only nickel plate the repaired sections of railing which is galvanised steel piping and the few bases that are made of brass. The existing nickel plating is original and should be preserved.

Manager of Cultural Heritage: Repaired railings will not be nickel plated at this time. The original nickel plating will continue to be monitored.

Other points:

Make a plaque or poster that tells the public about why the Phoebe is in the POH, what her role might be in the new development plan of the POH and the PEN. Also explain the opening of the seams and why this is not a structural problem or something we don’t care about.

Staff will discuss the installation of an additional interpretive sign. One that explains her present location as well interprets her as a complex composite artifact of the Civic Collection – addressing the seams, the repaired railings, the rodent gnawing, etc. This sign will not speculate about her future home or the development plans for POH or the KP sites.

Install curtains according to the June 1914 photo of the Phoebe in Gravenhurst. She was only 4-6 weeks old there and it forms the basis of what was historically correct.

Staff will source out a cost effective curtaining option.

One mirror in the engine room to show the engine to the public. The mirror can be on a stand so it can be removed easily when needed. Alternative hang it in a frame from the ceiling. Alternative, install a camera in the engine room and in the washroom to show the interesting parts for the propulsion and the folding wash basin on a Monitor placed at floor level or overhead. Or provide a “tour” of the boat’s internal compartments by showing a virtual tour on a monitor. Start on command by observer.

Paul Jefrey suggests:   All comments are good. With mirror(s) will need to experiment on placement so that the images are clear to the visitors. We are asking for a lot which may be more than the City will supply..

Manager of Cultural Heritage; These interpretive suggestions are noted and will be considered moving forward.

A dinghy was never part of the original Phoebe.

Minutes written by Henk Wevers, proofread by the Friends of the Phoebe and comments provided by Manager of Cultural Heritage.



Friends of the Phoebe Get Along


, , , ,

Friends of the Phoebe have found new kindred souls in the volunteers of the Brigantine Inc., a charitable organisation that offers youth sail-training on the well known, Kingston-based St. Lawrence II tall ship at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. They contribute their well honed skills and professional experiences to the major annual maintenance tasks to get the St. Lawrence II “ship-shape” for the summer season.

From the left: John Page, Ron Lees, Bruce Shaver, Bob Campbell, Ken Williams holding a print of the ship, Danny Qullet, David Shurtleff, Captain Chris Chafe, Roland Boegman and Paul Jeffrey. Bruce Shaver is the volunteer coordinator. They show heavy mahogany and oak boards, value of $1260, donated by Goodfellow Lumber from Delson, Quebec. The print was donated by local artist Jim Keirstead. It now graces the offices of Goodfellow Lumber as a token of appreciation.

The St. Lawrence II moored at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on a misty morning. The Kingston Penitentiary is in the background, the future home of the St. Lawrence II if the vision of making the penitentiary a new historic development becomes a reality in the distant future? Guess when: 5-10-15-20 years from now?


Inside the St. Lawrence II workshop at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour the volunteers are like a buzzing bee colony. They make light of many tasks. If you are recently retired or you are young and want to learn some useful skills, come an join us on Tuesday mornings, 9-12.

Ron Lees, John Page, Paul Jeffrey and Roland Boegman, painting the pine boards that will be the new sole in the ship.Bruce Shaver cleaning and refurbishing the windlass that lowers and raises the anchor.

Danny Qulllet, Roland Boegman, Paul Jeffrey and Gerrit van der Zwan’s right hand and arm only he inspects the efficacy of clamping and gluing the gunwale on the tender. 

Pine floorboards, mahogany bulkheads, and much more, ready or being prepared for installation in the ship.


Click HERE to go to the Index of this website.

Friends of the Phoebe Move On


Friends of the Phoebe applied recently for volunteer positions preserving the historic steam launch at the City’s Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where she is stored in the Sail Measuring Room. She can be seen by the public when there is an event. Over a year, and especially in the summer, there will be many people who have an opportunity to admire her. We are happy with her new location where she is safe and well.

City staff will from now on maintain the exhibit and therefore declined our applications because there were no job descriptions available that included the Phoebe. Instead we were offered volunteer positions at City Hall as tour guides. The Friends of the Phoebe declined that offer.

city hall july 1 2012

We could have been here as volunteer tour guides.

They are now happily volunteering to prepare the  the St. Lawrence II, a tall ship for youth training, that will travel this summer to Halifax and from there to New York to participate in a tall ship event. The group meets once per week on Tuesday morning also at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour where the Brigantine Inc., the charity that manages and maintains the vessel, has its headquarters.


Volunteering for the St. Lawrence II and its cultural presence in Kingston

To join in the effort drop in at the worksite or contact the volunteer coordinator at: http://www.brigantine.ca/


The Friends of the Phoebe will meet bi-annually with the City’s Artefact Technician and the Manager of Cultural Heritage, to discuss the ongoing preservation issues for the wooden boat, boiler and steam engine and other parts of the propulsion and hull.

forbes boiler top detail

The boiler and the steam engine built by the Davis Dry Dock Company at Kingston in 1914.engine forbes top


This website will be updated twice per year, but for all practical purposes it is now an archival site together with earlier sites. For reference and research here are the addresses of all three:





henk chuck paul jeffrey 2005Summer 2005 the restored Phoebe came out of her cocoon a cramped boathouse at the rear of the Pump House Steam Museum. Her story is described in the book: “Steam Launch Phoebe; Her 100 Year Journey” by Paul Jeffrey. Available at Novel Ideas bookstore on Princess Street, Kingston, ON.


Please take me to the INDEX

Bi-annual Preservation Consult


A bi-annual meeting between Cultural Services staff and Friends of the Phoebe was held for the first time on January 5 of this new year.

Jennifer Campbell, Manager of Cultural Heritage and Meaghan Eckersley, Civic Collections Technician, met with six members of the Friends of the Phoebe volunteers to exchange ideas and suggestions for the preservation of the historic steam launch Phoebe.

The meeting was held in the Olympic Harbour Sail Measuring Room where the current Phoebe exhibit is located.



Henry Copestake, owner of DC-Marine on contract with the City of Kingston supervises the initial cleaning of the Phoebe after moving her into the Sail Measuring Room at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour building where her current exhibit is located.


The following list establishes goals to achieve in the next several months. Staff will decide the priorities and how they can be implemented. Contractors will, from now on, take charge of the preservation work such as regular cleaning, engine and boiler preservation, hull maintenance and so forth. Please note that preservation of the wooden hull and superstructure requires different techniques than engine and boiler preservation.

Humidity and temperature control sensors were put in by staff and this will give a monthly and annual picture of the Phoebe’s surrounding micro climate that affects mostly her hull.

LED lighting brightens the interior of the Phoebe and shows the nice mahogany and cream ceiling, the engine and boiler, and pilot house as well as aft cabin. LED lighting does not cause any temperature change and low level lighting would not affect the paint and varnish. A simple heat sensing switch could turn the lights on when persons approach the exhibit, with a timer to turn the lights off. Meaghen will look into this.

Flags at the bow and stem have seen better times and will be replaced with historically correct flags of the 1914s indicating her US owner who sailed her on Lake Muskoka in Canada. The flag of that time was the First Canadian Ensign, 1868-1922 and it should be flown from the aft flagpole. It was suggested that the bow could fly a Kingston pennant to indicate where she was built. Other ideas about flag etiquette are welcome.

Image by Herman De Wael

Cabin and pilot house curtains were part of her historic appearance and staff made a note of that.

Friends of the Pboebe would very much  like to see the steam whistle returned. They took it off during restoration in 1998-2003 but it would be very easy to put it back in place at the fore of the funnel there is a rough hole in the funnel skirt that locates it. The whistle has a female pipe thread and so has the steam pipe that is present on the boiler and was the base for the whistle. The original photo of 1914 can serve as reference as to the height of the whistle, which requires a correct length of steel pipe of about 1 inch diameter. This is a simple taskfor a contractor who has experience with pipe fitting.


The original Phoebe steam whistle at one of the volunteer restoration fundraising events. Floyd Allen, former captain of the Phoebe between 1979-1982, on the right, whistling the maritime salute. Henk Wevers looks on. The whistle was hooked up to a vacuum cleaner for the air supply, replacing steam as the energy source. Note the pipe and fittings below the whistle.


Staff informed us that they have now established contact with a local experienced boat and engine conservation authority, Henry Copestake, who is the proprietor of DC Marine. Henry has extensive experience with historic and classic as well as modern boats and diverse propulsion machinery. His company did a wonderful job in cleaning the Phoebe after she was set up in her current location and before the most recent exhibit. All the visitors were in awe about her beautiful lines and appearance. Henry would also be an excellent choice for the preservation of the engine and boiler.


Henry Copestake and helper prepping the Phoebe for the new exhibit event.


Thank you Jennifer and Meaghan for informal, pleasant, and constructive meeting.


To go to the INDEX click the photo below.


Phoebe’s 2016 Exhibit Opening


On December 8, 2016 a large number of visitors came to the opening of the new exhibit in the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Together with the Brigantine Inc. St. Lawrence II and the Marine Museum, the Friends of the Phoebe had organised this special event for the citizens of Kingston. Supporters of all three organisations gathered for a festive opening of the new Phoebe Exhibit.

To see the photo reportage click the icon below, or continue reading…


Cultural Services staff and Friends of the Phoebe had in the days before the event worked hard to make the Phoebe shine, and shine she did. Everybody commented on the fact that the large 48 foot wooden steam launch looked her very best in the Sail Measuring Room of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour building. 

Here are some photos of the preparations and what many visitors wanted to know how she got into the building? Have alook:

Just a few inches to spare…

phoebe-arrives-at-poh-gAnd here she is in her niche of the large special events room
exhibit-oct-2016-ephoebe-cleaning-tara-henryHenry Copestake of DC Marine Inc. was contracted by city staff to clean the Phoebe after he had trailered her from the Pump House Steam Museum on Ontario Street to her new home in the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour building.

phoebe-cleaning-taraClean enough? Wow the Phoebe never looked better, thanks Tara for your hard work.


What do you think? Paul Robertson, City Curator and Chris Howland, Assistant Supervisor Recreation Facilities, City of Kingston.




Chris Whyman, Town Crier who opened the event, with Eva and John Allen Barnes who impersonated the first owners of the Phoebe: Dr. John Brashear and his wife Phoebe Stewart. The resplendent costumes represent the late 1800s and early 1900s which represented the overlap between the Victorian and Edwardian period in Canada.

For many more photos of visitors at the event click the icon below.


One… Two… Three…Alexander Henry, St. Lawrence II and Phoebe



The AH leaving the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, her berth for the last thirty years, on her way to a temporary mooring, not sure of her future. Photo credit: Judy Labbe.

After the museum ship Alexander Henry left Kingston, the Phoebe became the largest marine artifact in the collection of the City of Kingston. 


The Phoebe’s new exhibit will open on Thursday with a great party at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Come and see her in this splendid setting. 


The steam launch Phoebe in Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston, Ontario.


Here is the program we hope you drop in and enjoy this special event.

All Welcome.



And where is the Alexander Henry now? 

alexancer-henry-paul-jeffrey-picton-oct-2016The Alexander Henry in Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey. See latest article in the Whig.


To go back to the INDEX click the icon below.


Dismantling Has Started


October 28, 2016 was the start of the dismantling of Phoebe’s exhibit shelter that housed her for the last eight years in her 102 year journey. The historic steam boat is now exhibited at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, in Kingston, Ontario. 

dismantling-site-nov-28-29-2016The construction site at the rear of the Pump House Steam Museum at 23 Ontario Street, Kingston Ontario. October 29, 2016. The display shelter is being dismantled to enable the building of a glass extension to the museum building. Photo credit: Henk Wevers

dismantling-roof-tilesThis photo shows the rough boards nailed to the rafters to give the appearance inside the shelter of the historic methods of roofing. In this modern era half inch plywood covers the boards to smooth the surface out.

The Friends have spoken to staff at Parks and Recreation and at Cultural Heritage about the marking of the many joints to keep track of what belongs to what and where, when it is all dismantled and stored in a warehouse. These joints are all different because they were hand carved. the work was done by the students from the Building Construction Internship Program of the Limestone District School Board in early 2008.

std march 25 brace post fitting sean nice cropped 320x250Teacher Sean Conboy in 2008 with one of the students in the program fitting a joint for one of the trusses.


A complex tenon joint hand carved by the students. With hindsight these should have been marked with Roman numerals, as is the custom in historic timber framed barn building, see example below. BUT who could have thought that eight years later the structure had to go?

Example of markings for the reference of each joint in a historic timber framed barn. Note the roof boards that were similarly applied on the Phoebe shelter to comply with historic building methods.



We will keep you posted on the progress in the dismantling process. It is estimated it will take two weeks to completely clear the site. The timbers will go into cold indoor storage and there the timbers will safely sit until they are going to be reassembled in one of Kingston’s parks. Possible when Grass Creek Park is renovated, but that’s in the future. A couple of years from now?


Ps. Don’t forget this big and wonderful party to celebrate Phoebe’s new exhibit. there will be lots of fun…advertisement-with-text-nov-18-hc-eb


To go to the Index please click on the icon below.

std july 11 group in truss nice

Phoebe Exhibit Opening and More…


The Friends of the Phoebe have come together with the St. Lawrence II, Brigantine Inc. and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes to throw a huge party December 8th, at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour starting at 3pm and until 5pm.

We will show you what the St. Lawrence looks like, but first…


Drop in and bring your family, friends and neighbours.





Here she is under full sail on the river at Kingston. Photo from Internet.

Below she sits on dry land at the Metal Craft Marine and Kingston Marina site where  she undergoes a thorough maintenance job. Photo credits: Henk Wevers.


Two senior crew members spend a nice day in late November 2016 on the repainting of the hull. A few spots have been fixed by solidly welded steel patches that need be ground flush and then painted like the rest of the hull. Where are the junior crew members? Inside cleaning up…

Walking around the huge hull one cannot avoid being impressed by the spirits of the founding members, especially her designer Francis MacLachlan who put ideas on paper in 1952 and supervised the building of the tall ship at the Kingston Shipyards in 1953. For more on her and Kingston’s industrial history click here.

aft-hull-and-nameThis is where a crew of officers, deckhands and some of Kingston’s youth spend their summer. In the belly of the beast and on deck, of course, learning the ropes.

 A few interesting boat details:


 The propeller and it immediate surroundings. Can you name the parts? Propeller bearing with grease nipple, propeller shaft with the propeller fit on a tapered end of the shaft, the large nut with a lock nut and a small lock hole that will receive a lock pin.

There is something wrong though. The locking in place of moving parts with two nuts goes back more than 150 years. Lots of history here, but the thinner nut should go nearest the propeller, it should go on first, and the thickest nut should be on top of the thinner one.  Phew, sorry, just remembered this fact from my engineering class 1957 in Holland. It is counter intuitive but it is the only right way.

For the mechanics of the joint, click the icon below:twonuts_thin_nut_onbottomThis photo shows the propeller and part of the rudder with the pintles where the rudder hangs in the fixed hinges welded onto the stem of the hull:


The grey pieces of metal are made of zinc and will preserve the steel hull. The brash propeller, steel shaft and hull form a galvanic element when in the water, much like the reverse of a battery. The zinc is less “noble” than the steel and the brass, and it will dissolve very slowly, while the other more noble metals will remain. I also learned that about 60 years ago. Any better explanations from our material science friends are welcome.


Like every tall ship the St. Lawrence II has a nicely carved “beakhead”.

And finally the anchor chain…Symbol of hope, arrival or departure, connection with the past, continuity between generations, linkage between all people. Every part plays its role and the chain is as strong as its weakest links…therefore the links should be strong…


Come to our event on December 8 at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour to meet the crew, talk to Francis MacLachlan who made it happen and enjoy the young crew members.



Phoebe “Coming Out” Party



Please pencil in on your calendar: December 8th, from 3-5 pm in the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour…

The Friends of the the Phoebe invite you to the Phoebe’s new exhibit in the great Sail Room at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. See looks like she was just about seventeen instead of her 102 years as a historic wooden steam boat, built right here in Kingston.


The Phoebe on her supports after her small boathouse at the Pump House Steam Museum was removed. It was as if she emerged from her cocoon when the restoration volunteers saw her for the first time in full glory, 2005.

And here she is in 2016 in the Sail Room of Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. We will dress her up for our special OPEN HOUSE on December 8 between 3-5 pm, everybody is invited.


Some highlights of the program:

Special exhibit panels explaining her history and who her first owners were.

Meet our friends from the Brigantine St. Lawrence II who will join us in the celebration and who will showcase their organisation of youth oriented square rig sail training.

Interesting exhibits of maritime objects; a steam engine that you can touch and see in action; other steam related equipment.

Posters; bookmarks; pewter Phoebe Christmas ornaments; the book “The Steam Launch Phoebe,  Her 100 Year Journey” by Paul Jeffrey; brochures and more.

Enjoy live music and the sound of a steam whistle

There will be ample seating for seniors and lots of room for the young, meet your friends and make new ones. We hope your Councillor will be there and we have invited our Mayor to this early December, pre-Christmas party; we expect our retired and current elected officials might drop in…

There will be a chance to have your photo taken with Phoebe and Phoebe; a mystery? Not really but we keep you in suspense… Where did we hear that recently?

Stay posted, pass this on to your friends they would very much appreciate it.


Back to the INDEX, click on the photo of Phoebe Brashear-Stewart surrounded by her family and grandchildren on Lake Muskoka, 1900.