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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1825 on: May 16, 2015, 03:45:14 AM »

Maid of the Mist


There has been numerous copies of this little Tug / Ferry / Tour Boat over the years.

Here is a quick overview;

Maid of the Mist I
Years of service: 1846–54
Type: double-stack steamboat ferry
Engine: 1 sidewheel steam

A second Maid of the Mist I was built in 1854
Years of service: 1854–60
Length: 72 feet (22 m)
Type: single-stack steamer
Engine: paddle boat

While on his 1860 tour of Canada, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), rode on Maid of the Mist.[2] With business dwindling and the resulting financial pressures, the ships were sold. The impending American Civil War contributed to the issue[citation needed] and the final boat was sold to a Montreal firm in 1860. Service was not restored until 1895, when two new boats were constructed and launched under a new partnership, Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company.

Stereoscopic view of Maid of the Mist II, c. 1896–1906
Maid of the Mist I, this one sailed closer to Horseshoe Falls than any had previously.
Years of service: 1885–1955
Type: steam boat
Engine: N/A

Maid of the Mist II
Years of service: 1892–1955
Type: white oak steam boat
Length: 89 feet (27 m)
Engine: 2 engine steam

These boats sailed the lower river until April 22, 1955, when they burned in a pre-season accident. Later that year, they were replaced by two new ships. The type and style of the boats is still seen today; they were made of steel and powered by diesel engines.

Maid of the Mist I
Years of service: 1955–90
Length: 66 feet (20 m)
Engine: 200 horsepower (150 kW) diesel engines
Passengers: 101

Maid of the Mist II
Years of service: 1956–83
Type: all-steel boat, twin of I
Engine: 200 horsepower (150 kW) diesel engines
Passengers: 101

Maid of the Mist is well known for her role in the 9 July 1960, rescue of Roger Woodward, a seven-year-old boy who became the first person to survive a plunge over the Horseshoe Falls with nothing but a life jacket. The boat involved in the rescue (Maid of the Mist II) was retired from service in 1983 and relocated to the Amazon River, where she served as a missionary ship for some years.[1]

Access to the river-level attraction on the Canadian side was provided by the Maid of the Mist Incline Railway, a funicular railway, between 1894 and 1990, to travel between street level and the boat dock.[3] As this service proved increasingly inadequate in transporting the growing passenger base of the 1990s, four high-speed elevators replaced the railway by the start of the 1991 tourist season. The same year, The Prince and Princess of Wales, and their two young sons, Princes William and Harry, rode on Maid of the Mist.[4] On the American side, the dock is reached by four elevators enclosed in the observation tower.[5]

Maid of the Mist III
Years of service: 1972–97
Length: 65 feet (20 m)
Gross tonnage: 75[6]
Engine: single 250 horsepower (190 kW) diesel
Passengers: 210

Maid of the Mist IV
Years of service: 1976–2013
Length: 72 feet (22 m)
Gross tonnage: 75[7]
Engine: two 250 horsepower (190 kW) diesel
Passengers: 300

Maid of the Mist V
Years of service: 1983–2013
Length: 72 feet (22 m)
Gross tonnage: 74[8]
Engine: two 355 horsepower (265 kW) diesel
Passengers: 300


Maid of the Mist VI
Years of service: 1990–present
Length: 74 feet (23 m)
Breadth: 30 feet (9.1 m)
Depth: 10 feet (3.0 m)
Gross tonnage: 155[9]
Engine: two 355 horsepower (265 kW) diesel
Passengers: 600
Alexisonfire's 2009 "Young Cardinals" music video was shot on Maid of the Mist VI

Maid of the Mist VII
Years of service: 1997–present;
Length: 80 feet (24 m)
Breadth: 30 feet (9.1 m)
Depth: 10 feet (3.0 m)
Gross tonnage: 155[10]
Engine: two 350 horsepower (260 kW) diesel
Passengers: 600


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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1826 on: May 16, 2015, 07:26:17 AM »

My newly acquired Springer Tug "Misha" following change of motor and complete rewire.



Single shaft with Kort. 555 motor. 2 x 6V 4.5Ah batteries in series. Continuous sailing duration at least 2.5 hours.
good to see one of my builds from a few year's back still going strong & looking good too!  :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1827 on: May 16, 2015, 01:45:55 PM »

thank you so very much, for taking the time to help,and answer my questions
I would like too know the details on the little tug as well,I make it 5.556M+1.8M beam , but it seems a bit small,so I thought i could ask you guys for help.
even thought about doing a mini model tug,as i have some micro gear
can any one help w the dimensions of the small tug??
regards and thanks heaps bill s
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1828 on: November 19, 2015, 08:11:10 PM »


Here she is, at work -  taken last July by Nemo.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1829 on: February 22, 2016, 04:50:01 PM »

New Springer on the block! Mr Springer and family on holiday. All built from scrap-box. Lake test soon.  O0
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1830 on: February 22, 2016, 05:09:13 PM »

Great imagination and thoughtful detail, that is one fun Springer, I did note the mother in law is tagging along. %%.
Nice one Nemo  :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1831 on: February 22, 2016, 06:13:46 PM »

Thanks Joe - I'm just working on Dad's fishing rod now! Maybe a skiff to tow along also.  :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1832 on: October 02, 2017, 12:46:15 PM »

Can someone please tell me where I now find plans? When I went to the early pages I got the 404 message, and after looking at 10 pages I still can't open any.
Or has this whole thing died a death as the last post is over a year ago?
Thanks.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1833 on: October 02, 2017, 01:33:18 PM »

http://www.gtmbc.org.uk/springer.html
Took about 30 seconds. Look at the bottom of the page


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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1834 on: October 02, 2017, 01:52:16 PM »

Just been bitten by the springer bug.......is there a cure?
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1835 on: October 02, 2017, 01:57:54 PM »

Nope.  Little hint. Cut out several hull sides.......saves remaking them later when you want another one!
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1836 on: October 02, 2017, 02:17:30 PM »

Another.........oh dear this si going to expensive!
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1837 on: October 29, 2017, 08:28:50 PM »

Found these look ok for the money http://www.omegamodelboats.com/springer
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1838 on: October 29, 2017, 09:33:07 PM »

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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1839 on: October 29, 2017, 09:37:08 PM »

http://www.omegamodelboats.com/springer

try this same link as above  {-)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1840 on: October 29, 2017, 09:47:28 PM »

http://www.omegamodelboats.com/springer
That works,  but the other one still doesnt!

try this same link as above  {-)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1841 on: October 30, 2017, 08:36:55 AM »

Andy at Models by Design does a really
nice semi kit.


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