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The Friends of the Phoebe

Tourism Region: Kingston ON

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The Phoebe, a steam launch built in Kingston in 1914, was fully restored to her original condition by the Friends of the Phoebe between 1998 and 2003. She is currently housed at the Pump House Steam Museum.

The mandate of the Friends of the Phoebe is to promote the long-term preservation of the historic steam launch Phoebe and encourage educational programming with the Phoebe as the centerpiece of a high quality Edwardian exhibit

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Location

Address: 
477 Aragon Road
Glenburnie, Ontario
K0H 1S0

Telephone: 613-546-4154
Fax: 613-546-4154

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Hours of Operation

Operations: By Appointment • Seasonal

June to September Phoebe exhibit at Pump House Steam Museum 23 Ontario Street at Kingston ON. Our office is open year round by appointment 613-546-4154 or e-mail at wevers@me.queensu.ca

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Closed: Monday • Tuesday

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Admission is paid to the Pump House Steam Museum.

Discounts: Groups • Seniors

About Collections

Artifacts from the restoration of the Phoebe between 1998-2003

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 25

Archives

Photo and historic newspaper clippings, family correspondence, registraion papers

Architectural Records • Prints and Drawings • Manuscripts • Films and Videos • Photographs

Human History

The lives of Dr. John Brashear and his wife Phoebe in the mid 1800s to the early 1900s with an emphasis on their scientific contributions in astronomy.

Astronomy • Marine History and Technology

Services & Activities

Mobile display for community events and a museum based exhibit at the Pump House Steam Museum at Kingston ON

Research Services

Photo records, historic paper clippings, wooden boat restoration

Archival Records • Conservation or Restoration • Genealogical Research • Information Centre

Educational Programs

Lectures and demonstrations by appointment.

Classes or Workshops • Demonstrations • Lectures • School Programs : Age 0-4 (Pre-School) : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary) • Seniors Programs
Other: Mobile exhibit at community events and schools.

Visitor Services

Visitor services are in conjuction with the Pump House Steam Museum.

Accessible by Public Transportation • Washrooms • Parking Facilities : Charged

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 15

Activities: Maintenance, exhibit design, newsletter production, resource development.

Member Privileges

Membership to the Friends of the Phoebe is available after 25 hours of volunteer work each year

Food Services

Picnic Area

Internet Services

CollectionsEducationChildrenLocal History

Local Tourism Links

Local AttractionsRestaurantsShoppingOther Services

Publications & Products

Newsletter and articles in relevant magazines and journals

Brochures • CD-ROMS • Educational kits • Monographs • Newsletters • Postcards • Posters • Slides • Videos

Images

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The Phoebe at the Muskoka Wharf in 1910 waiting to pick up guests for the cottage of Dr. Brashear and his wife Phoebe. The boat is approximately two months old in this photo.

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The Phoebe beached in Lake Muskoka in 1918; note the formal dress of the guests who are waiting for a shore meal, a typical recreational feature of cottage life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These are the guests of Dr. John Brashear, the first owner of the steam launch Phoebe. The boat was built in Kingston by the Davis Dry Dock Company in 1914. It was a gift from John's friends, among them Andrew Carnegie, the entrepreneur steel magnate and philanthropist.

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The Phoebe leaving Confederation Basin in Kingston ON., on its way to the Parade of Boats in Ottawa to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Rideau Canal (1982). In 1984 the Phoebe was left in her boathouse, unattended until 1998 when the Friends of the Phoebe began to restore her. In 2003 the restoration to her 1914 condition was completed, and she remained on display until 2005, when she was put in storage to allow for repair of the eroded lake shore and museum grounds. She is currently back on display for the public to enjoy.

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The Phoebe Exhibit Shelter at the Pump House Steam Museum (23 Ontario Street, Kingston, ON) was finished in July of 2008 by a team of students from the Building and Construction Internship Program, of the Limestone District School Board, based at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kingston. Twelve students and their teacher, with the help of some volunteers, built the timber framed structure. The Friends of the Phoebe partnered with the City of Kingston and several businesses, and professionals donated in kind. Come and enjoy this magnificent steam boat exhibit.

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The steam launch Phoebe is lowered by crane on to the custom designed trailer that the Friends of the Phoebe donated to the City of Kingston, the legal owner of the historic boat. The two people in the foreground are Diane and Howard, long term restoration volunteers and supporters of the Phoebe.

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