Essex Shipbuilding Museum

2nd Annual Steam Muster 18 October 2008

Essex, MA

Norm Jones handed me a disc of photos at the Straw Hollow Frostbite Crank Up and I have put them on a separate page HERE

17 November 2008  I recently received a letter from Ed Howard with more information about some of the exhibits at the show.  I will put them in  red print to make them stand out.

DSC05056.jpg (178077 bytes)  DSC05057.jpg (136154 bytes)  DSC05106.jpg (148701 bytes)  DSC05107.jpg (323822 bytes)  MPG WMV  Todd Cahill's display.  This was the first time I had seen Todd set up his wonderful display and let me tell you, there is a LOT of work that goes into it!

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DSC05063.jpg (137269 bytes)  DSC05065.jpg (104004 bytes)  DSC05066.jpg (131350 bytes)  ( L to R)  Museum personality Ed Howard (right in photo) chats with some fellows coming in to display, Terri Groff tries to warm up with a cup of coffee and last one of NEMES new show signs.

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DSC05072.jpg (203545 bytes)  MPG WMV  Self contained steam engine and boiler for small operations.  The engine was built in the Colt Works in Hartford CT after the Civil War (War of Northern Aggression, if you prefer).

DSC05073.jpg (133466 bytes)    MPG    WMV  Ray HasBrouck designed #8 engine mounted in a very fine looking launch.  Turned out that all day I was sending folks over to the launch to see a completed and running #8 and they were sending folks to my display to see what the same engine looks like in pieces since I am still building my #8

DSC05074.jpg (161861 bytes)  DSC05075.jpg (116406 bytes)   Another launch on display

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MPG WMV  The band is the Goodhues Band.  You can find more about them on their site:


DSC05082.jpg (165744 bytes)  DSC05083.jpg (158918 bytes)  DSC05084.jpg (122548 bytes)  DSC05085.jpg (131257 bytes)  DSC05090.jpg (106034 bytes) A great collection of whistles  The whistle display is shown by John Schroeder of North Andover MA.  

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DSC05098.jpg (116437 bytes)  Modeler checks his display in the Waterline building  DSC05100.jpg (75729 bytes)

DSC05099.jpg (102411 bytes)      DSC05101.jpg (160328 bytes)  (L) Bill Brackett built and displayed his drill sharpening grinder while the designer Les Russell looks on.  That is Les in the (R) photo

DSC05080.jpg (155231 bytes)  DSC05104.jpg (160256 bytes)  DSC05105.jpg (153553 bytes)  VERY old coal truck      MPG WMV   The coal truck belongs to Ted Valpey of Dover NH. The manufacturer was Autocar Company of Ardmore PA.  The date of manufacture is not certain but is believed to be 1908, 1909 or 1910.  The truck was in service in Glouster MA and may very well have delivered coal to the Essex Shipyard in its day. 

DSC05108.jpg (130375 bytes)  Norm Jones chats with show visitors

DSC05109.jpg (99566 bytes)  DSC05110.jpg (120118 bytes)  DSC05111.jpg (114145 bytes)  NEMES member Oliver  ?? displayed this lovely model steamer

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DSC05128.jpg (136726 bytes)  The gentleman on the right is Barry O'Brien who was doing Muster announcing with a wireless microphone and went around the grounds interviewing exhibitors.  A very nice touch which added to the show.

DSC05132.jpg (161366 bytes)  DSC05130.jpg (181258 bytes)  Music was provided by this blue grass band

      DSC05133.jpg (122159 bytes)  DSC05135.jpg (107954 bytes)  I think I heard that these engines were being displayed by a MIT professor but I didn't get an opportunity to meet him.

DSC05136.jpg (196711 bytes)    Bea and Dick Boucher.  Dick is NEMES current president  MPG WMV The screaming noise is Dick's blower mounted on the top of the smokestack.

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Half scale Rumley traction engine MPG WMV

These photos were received from Al Goldberg on 12 November 2008l  Thank you Al!

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A new what is it?   An email correspondent, Waly, of northern Nevada tells me that this tool is a sausage stuffer.  Thanks Waly!

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