After more than two years of restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, the steamboat SABINO successfully completed her sea trial today, setting the stage for her to return to regular operation on August 2.
The sea trial was the first time she has operated under her own power with a new boiler that was custom designed and fabricated. The coal-fired boiler powers a 75-horsepower two-cylinder compound steam engine. The engine is the original power plant that was installed in 1908 and was manufactured by the J. H. Paine & Son Co. in nearby Noank, Connecticut.
This afternoon, a fire was lit in the boiler and when sufficient steam pressure was raised, SABINO was moved off her berth in the shipyard and eased into the channel with the help of several small boats. Captain David Childs then rang the bell to start the engine — the captain communicates instructions to the engineer by a system of ringing bells — and the steamboat was underway under her own power for a short trip up and down the Mystic River in front of the Museum. “It was really great to see SABINO out on the water again,” said Mystic Seaport President Steve White. “The river just hasn’t been the same without her.” #mysticseaport #mysticriver #sabino #steamboat #underway #seatrial