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Steam Launch Phoebe Assessment and Recommendations - Pump House Steam Museum

Pump House Steam Museum, Kingston, ON, Canada
City of Kingston

The steam launch Phoebe was made by the Davis Dry Dock Company in 1914, and was decommissioned as a travel boat in 1983 upon acquisition by the City of Kingston.  Following extensive restoration and conservation efforts by groups such as the “Friends of the Phoebe”, the boat is currently on outdoor display under a custom-built outbuilding at the Pump House Steam Museum in Kingston, ON.  This superior example of Canadian nautical heritage is currently being relocated to an indoor display/storage location at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, in fall 2016.

In preparation for relocation, Conservation Solutions ULC (CSI) has been contracted to provide a condition assessment and display/storage recommendations for the historic steam launch Phoebe.  Recommendations include cleaning and stabilization of composite objects associated with the boat, and display/storage options which involve requirements for improving environmental regulations, in an effort to preserve this significant piece of Canadian nautical history.