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  • 25 Jan 2019 11:12 | Anonymous member

    For those of you with a technology bent (Oh, I guess that is everyone!) you might be interested to know that you can now download an app for your Android Phone (and even those old Apple ones too).


    Nip along to your app store and search for "Wild Apricot for Members" (the people who make the software behind the web site) and download it. Using the app you can: 


    Access Member Directory:

    • View your organisation's entire member directory
    • View member profiles
    • Email and call fellow members

    Register for Events:

    • View an event calendar and event details
    • Register for an event through the app
    • View existing event registrations
    • Pay an outstanding event registration fee

    Update Personal Profiles:

    • Members can view their personal profile, including their membership renewal date


    Exciting huh?!

  • 10 Jan 2019 11:33 | Anonymous member

    I was recently contacted by an Indian company (Tinytech) offering steam plants which might suit members, and we are passing this information on for your interest.


    Mark Rudall offered the following wise words on experience with this company:


    Tiny Tech, India, have advertised their steam engines and Yarrow type boilers for many years and they are built for the developing world to provide simple power sources often on indigenous fuels. We have been sent their current price list, which is here for your interest. It is important to note the caveat that imported boilers, however robustly built, would not necessarily meet European demands for provenance of materials, certification of welds etc.. Moreover, the engines, given their target market, are somewhat crude, but do operate.


    TinyTech wrote as follows:


    Dear Steam Friends,

    I have conviction in my heart that steam power is going to come back sooner or later.

    So with great difficulties I developed steam engines from 2.5 hp to 70 hp and also water tube boilers of various sizes.

    If any of your members is seriously interested in steam engine, he can contact me.

    I will be pleased to give my full co operation.

    I am giving below the price list of my steam engine

    STEAM ENGINES FOR YOUR OWN POWER

    SINGLE CYLINDER STEAM ENGINES

    (1) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 6 hp, cylinder dia 90.2mm x stroke 80mm, US$ 1200/-

    (2) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 10 hp, cylinder dia 101.6mm x stroke 116mm, US$ 1500/-

    (3) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 20 hp, cylinder dia 127mm x stroke 146mm, US$2100 /-

    (4) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 25 hp, cylinder dia 139.7mm x stroke 146mm, US$ 2400/-

    (5) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 30 hp, cylinder dia 152.4mm x stroke 146mm, US$ 2700/-

    (6) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 50 hp, cylinder dia 190mm x stroke 146mm, 4200US$ /-

    (7) Single cylinder double acting steam engine 70 hp, cylinder dia 190mm x stroke 200mm, US$ 6000/-

    DOUBLE CYLINDER TWIN V TYPE STEAM ENGINES

    (1) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 5 hp, cylinder dia 63mm x stroke 80mm, US$ 1800/-

    (2) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 8 hp, cylinder dia 76.2mm x stroke 80mm , US$ 2200/-

    (3) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 12 hp, cylinder dia 90.2mm x stroke 80mm, US$ 2400/-

    (5) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 20 hp, cylinder dia 101.6mm x stroke 116mm, US$ 2600/-

    (6) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 28 hp, cylinder dia 114.3mm x stroke 116mm, US$ 3000/-

    (7) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 36 hp, cylinder dia 140mm x stroke 107 mm, US$ 3200/-

    (8) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 40 hp, cylinder dia 140mm x stroke 116mm, US$ 4000/-

    (9) Double cylinder double acting steam engine 100 hp, cylinder dia 190mm x stroke 146mm, US$7000/-.

    COMPOUND STEAM ENGINES V TYPE (HP CYLINDER X LP CYLINDER X STROKE)

    (1) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 6 hp, cylinders dia 63 x 90 x stroke 80mm,US$2000

    (2) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 9 hp, cylinder dia 90 x 114 x stroke 80mm,US$ 2200

    (3) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 15 hp cyl dia 90mmx127mmxstroke116mm, US$2800

    (4) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 22 hp, cyl dia 101.6x139.7xstroke116mm, US$ 3600

    (5) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 32 hp, cyl dia 114.3x165.1xstroke 146mm, US$ 6200

    (6) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 40 hp, cyl dia 127x 177.8 xstroke 146mm, US$ 7400

    (7) Double cylinder double acting compound steam engine 50 hp, cyl dia 139.7x 190 xstroke 146mm, US$ 8000

    VELJIBHAI DESAI

    (76 years engineer promoting people's own power)


    AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

    TINYTECH PLANTS

    Tagore Road, RAJKOT - 360002, INDIA

    91 92 27 60 65 70 ( MOBILE)

    energy@tinytechindia.com

    www.tinytechindia.com







  • 06 Jan 2019 11:09 | Anonymous member

    The effort to make previous issues of Funnel available to the membership via the Website continues.


    You will now find a new page (here) with issues from Number 100 onwards available. Not all the issues are there yet - but progress is being made.... :-)


    These pages are only accessible to SBA members - so now is the ideal time to join - here

  • 12 Dec 2018 12:35 | Anonymous member

    Our Honorable Editor makes the following apology for an error in his email address as shown in the latest version of Funnel


    "Getting material to ‘Funnel’

    The Editor ought to be shot! It has been noticed that he’s lurking behind an incorrect email address where a ‘stop’ crept in where it didn’t oughta.


    If you have an article for him, please send it to: ‘funnel@steamboatassociation.org.uk’ and you’ll make him a happy man. Thanks!"


  • 21 Nov 2018 11:03 | Anonymous member

    At the 2019 AGM there will be 3 vacancies on the SBA Committee.


    If any member considers they can make a contribution to the running of the SBA please contact me in confidence. I will send you a nomination form and help you with it in any way I can.

    email to secretary@steamboat.org.uk


    John Griffiths, Hon Sec


  • 09 Oct 2018 10:54 | Anonymous member

    The Consuta Project are seeking to appoint a part time Project Assistant to arrange and organise a variety of activities associated with steam and steamboats.


    The work will involve arranging and supervising visits and talks, mostly near the Thames area. The job will be paid on an hourly basis and involves some working from home plus the supervision of the visits/talks that have been arranged. The project is supported by an HLF grant and will end by December 2019.


    A variety of possible activities has already been prepared, however the person appointed can vary and modify these as appropriate, the purpose is to develop and encourage public interest in steamboating and its history.


    Please look at the Consuta Trust website for more details of the Consuta Project.


    If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Brian Smith by phone:- 07486 606130 or email:- activities@consuta.org.uk "


  • 16 Sep 2018 16:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am please to announce that Dick Plumb has agreed to take over the vacant role of Anglian Rep. Any local members are encouraged to contact Dick (rgp1000@cam.ac.uk) to welcome him to his new role and see what he has planned for you in the near future.


    This appointment was ratified at the full Committee meeting held yesterday (15 Sept 2018)

  • 30 Aug 2018 10:21 | Anonymous member

    Dot Bullough (our local Commodore) asked that we put up a news item to announce the arrival of two new steamboats into the SBA fleet in "the North".


    These are Obsidian, built by Russel & Maureen Clements and Befur built by Louise and Malcolm Duckett... they are on Windermere and Ullswater, respectively. 


    Here are a few pictures for the record :-)






    Who says the weather in the Lakes is always wet! 

  • 12 Aug 2018 19:50 | Anonymous member

    Following a sterling effort by Roger Heise & Ian Davis battling with our servers and security certificates the Steamboat Register is restored to full operation.


    Thank you all - enjoy!

  • 09 Aug 2018 10:29 | Anonymous member

    As we all bask in the summer sun I am sure there are lots of great pictures which we would all love to see on the web site.


    To make it simpler to share your photographs we have added a new Member's Photos page, under the "Media" page.


    This allows you to upload your photographs directly to the site - no more waiting for those tardy Web Editors! But it will only work if you all contribute your work...


    You can still use the albums on your Profile Page, but this new page will make it easier for visitors to browse - please remember to add captions so that we know what we are looking at! (and please keep the photos under 1Mb in size).


    Don't forget the  SBA Facebook Discussion page would be happy to see them too.


    If all else fails (and as a last resort) then you can email them to us at webmaster@steamboatassociation.co.uk


    Thanks (Malcolm)


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