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Conservation Assessment of Phoebe, OAHP Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Phoebe Sails Again: Historic Boat Conservation Assessment


[10-06-2016] Conservation Solutions ULC conservators were contracted by the City of Kingston to provide a condition and treatment assessments, display, and storage recommendations for the historic steam launch Phoebe.  The Phoebe was made by the Davis Dry Dock Company in 1914 and decommissioned as a travel boat in 1983, when the Phoebe was acquired by the City of Kingston.  Following extensive restoration and conservation efforts by groups including the 'Friends of the Phoebe', the boat is currently on outdoor display under a custom-built outbuilding, on site at the Pump House Steam Museum in Kingston, ON. 

The superior example of Canadian nautical craftsmanship is currenly being relocated to an indoor display/storage location at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, in fall 2016.  In preperation for the move, CSI provided a current condition assessment and offered recommendations involving cleaning and stabilization of composite objects associated with the Phoebe.  CSI also presented display and storage options for the new location, noting requirements improving the environmental stabilization; regulation and monitoring of temperature and relative humidty, and pest prevention, preserving the Phoebe as a significant piece of Canadian nautical history.