Thanks, Dale, for the interesting info on LITTLE JIM steam launch. I agree that the logistics inherent in a steam launch...mainly the delay in fire-up...would put a big spike in the usefulness of any launch aboard a steamboat. It appears that LITTLE JIM was intended as a working launch aboard the larger boat. Steamboats and steam launches have been built for both pleasure and for work. Examples of both being put into service for the other purpose are found in the literature. The only "work" MISSIE ever did was to carry cases of Barbara Huffman's book to the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE during the trip to the 2003 Tall Stacks at Vevey, Ind and cases of Alan Bates' books back to the BARBARA H in return. Small, light draft steamers were just the thing for duck hunters and hunters of rare places to fish the waters in shallow sloughs etc. There are still engines to be found from fast pinnaces which were used to lighter crew etc ashore from large ships. Builders of fast pinnaces also built gunboats in that time frame. MISSIE is quite sedate in her meanders but she's been many places where the big steamers can't go; seen lotsa wildlife that is out of reach of the larger boats except with a good glass in a steady hand. There are numerous steam powered launches in the US and abroad, but I have seen none around where MISSIE lurks. While the sedate pace of MISSIE is attractive to many, others have always been attracted by the muse of speed. Evidently, the Howards were such and the four-cylinder gas engine seen in the carriage house bears mute testimony to that as well as having the Howard name thereon.