August 16, 1999
By David R.
RIVER MUSEUM'S 2ND ANNUAL STEAM & LAUNCH SHOW
Event took place on Saturday/Sunday, August 14/15
1999 ... on weekend immediately prior to Mystic Seaport's annual Antique
Marine Engine Show. (Many
participants in CRM show went on to also participate in Mystic Show.
Weather was marginal to poor; Humid,
hot, showers, periods of heavy rain.
River tide was unfavorable to boat-exhibitor launching (dead low
tide at Main Street ramp):
LOW TIDE L/H DIFFERENCE
Sat - 8/14 8:00A
Sun - 8/15 8:45A
NONETHELESS, THE SHOW APPEARED TO BE VERY
Approximately 50 targeted invitations were
exhibitors responded, and most showed up despite the weather.
The show was an interesting show and received
much favorable commentary.
Exhibits within the CRM Boat Shed included:
working-model and full-size steam engines, most of which were
operating throughout the show dates (on compressed air).
3 large steam boat models
(the 53" MOUNT WASHINGTON, the VIVIAN LOUISE steam launch, and the
Launches at the CRM Floating Docks included:
- 5 steam
launches (20' FIREFLY - S. Clogston, 25' OSPREY - CRM, 22' KATE - B.
White, 23' WAHKEENA - G. Rietze,
24' CHARLOTTE ANN - E. & C. Russell).
gas launches (KEEPER - Mowry Mann, EXCELSIOR - David Williams).
electric launch (23' ELCO - Elco Electric Launch Company)
Three launches did not
show up due to the threat of storm.
A parade of steaming launches and the gas and electric launches
recieved good waterfront attention and applause on Sunday afternoon.
493 paying visitors over the two-day period.
This is approximatle three times the average weekend CRM ticket
gate, and does not include the many non-pay CRM Members and show guests
Substantial favorable publicity for the CRM
was achieved via postings (150 posters put up locally by CRM
volunteers), a large sign at the route 153/154 entrance to Essex for the
month prior, repetitive mentions in area press events columns, and
additional press editorial coverage including New Haven and Hartford
Approximately 50 minutes of video recording and more that 100 still
color photos were made of the show, and can provide ample visual
material for publicity efforts for future S&L shows.
CRM's steam launch OSPREY was made fully
operational just prior to the show by Barry White, George King III,
helpers, and D.G. Fitton.
Virtually all volunteers showed up on time,
and did a great job of helping make the show a success, especially D.G.
Fitton. Ditto for museum
staff, particularly Shannon Burk and Laura Kruszewski.
River Museum's 3RD ANNUAL STEAM & LAUNCH SHOW will take place
Sat/Sun August 5-6, 2000.