I love this phrase, even though I also realize it is from Lord Byron’s poem On The Eve of Waterloo.
(And the grandfather of Andy’s great grandfather who had the steamboat I will mention later fought at Waterloo as an adjutant in the King’s German Legion. Just a bit of trivia for you.)
But I digress…..We all had a reason yesterday to let joy be unconfined. It was a triumph, a success after four years of work.
My dear son Andy who is so fascinated by the working of steam engines, and bought his first boiler four years ago, and his second three years ago and has been building from scratch a steam launch, had his first trial in the waters of Wingfoot Lake, yesterday. It was a success. There is a bit of work to do with the timing belt to get the possibility of better speed, but IT WAS A SUCCESS!
Don’t worry, he and his second in command, Istvan, both wore life jackets as the boat moved away from the dock. The only others present were Dan Harrison, the machinist from Copley who worked on some of the end of the drive train (I think I am getting this right) and Andy’s brother-in-law Ingmar who took lots of photographs and a video. Istvan also took photos.
Wingfoot Lake, by the way, is now a State Park, but began as part of the Goodyeat Corporation’s base of air operations and later as a recreation area for its employees. ( https://www.facebook.com/notes/ohio-state-parks/wingfoot-lake-from-research-to-recreation/10150222477125184/) Think of the Goodyear Logo if you want to understand the name of the lake….. You can see the hangar in the background and they actually saw a blimp while doing this trial….Andy also said some people stopped their cars by the road and were watching them……
(By the way, though at the moment the Nyitra reminds one a bit of Huck Finn’s raft, it does have sides which will be put on when the painting is finished….)
Andy has worked so hard on this project, with lots of help from Istvan, for so long but was still worried about all the things that might have gone wrong despite all his mental and physical work on the project, that he kept the location a secret from all but a few people.
The inspiration for using steam this way and the name of the boat comes from a few pre-WWI photos of Andy’s great grandfather’s steam boat which carried sugar beets from his estate near Gyor to the sugar factory in Acs.
We are all so happy with this successful maiden voyage! If you want to see a video of the beginning of the launch, here is a link: