Mystic in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Propeller Steamer Sabino
W. Irving Adams, East Boothbay, ME
Length overall: 57’ 1”
Beam: 22’ 3”
Draft: 6’ 3”
Sabino is the sole survivor of an almost countless fleet of wooden commercial steamboats that once plied the lakes, rivers, and coastal waters of America. Built in 1908 as Tourist, she carried passengers and light freight on Maine’s Damariscotta River until 1921. Her only mishap occurred on August 26, 1918, when she was swept under the Damariscotta-Newcastle Bridge and capsized.
When she began steaming on the Kennebec River 1n 1922, her name was changed to Sabino. In 1927, she was sold to Harry P. Williams of Portland, Maine, who added sponsons (watertight compartments) to her hull for additional stability in the open waters of Casco Bay. Williams sold her to the Casco Bay Lines, where she worked until 1958. She changed hands several more times before she was donated to Mystic Seaport in 1973.
Although her superstructure has been altered several times, Sabino is still powered by her original 75-horsepower Paine compound two cylinder engine, which was built three miles downriver from here in Noank. She now travels the Mystic River, allowing visitors to experience nearly silent team propulsion. Her engine room is in full view of passengers, who are invited
Erected by Mystic Seaport.
Location. 41° 21.616′ N, 71° 57.879′ W. Marker is in Mystic, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Greenmanville Avenue (Connecticut Route 27) and Bruggeman Place, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Mystic Seaport. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic CT 06355, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann (a few steps from this marker); Western-Rig Dragger Florence (within shouting distance of this marker); Harbor Tugboat Kingston II (within shouting distance of this marker); Live Oak Log (within shouting distance of this marker); Compound Steam Engine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry (about 300 feet away); Oyster Sloop Nellie (about 300 feet away); Wichmann Semi-Diesel Engine (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mystic.
Also see . . . Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea. (Submitted on September 8, 2013, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.