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    adult groups with 2 hour educational sails on the beautiful Delaware River in Lambertville NJ Younger students learn in a hands on way about our watershed and ways to protect it the importance of river critters macroinvertebrates the chemistry of the river and the balance needed to sustain life the environmental history of the Delaware River through the local hero the American Shad And the trip itself is a great

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  • About Us - SPLASH
    students of all ages engage in clean water ecology and gain an appreciation of steamboat technology the history of the steamboat era and the history of the Lambertville New Hope area Population served The steamboat is used to educate l school classes scout troops 4 H clubs summer camps and related educational groups 2 disadvantaged and handicapped groups 3 bus tours of senior citizens religious and business groups environmental and historical groups and 4 school teachers who come to the steamboat for a seminar in environmental education for state credit The educational theme of this project is the role of the river in the lives of the 17 000 000 people in New Jersey New York and Pennsylvania who drink water from the Delaware River 6 of the U S population Description Passengers enjoy a 58 foot stern wheeler that is large enough to hold up to 35 passengers and to allow water quality experiments as well as discussions role playing and musical events We expect this program to grow into a popular element in regional efforts to build public understanding and commitment to environmental conservation public health historic preservation and sustainable community development Vessel History The tale of SPLASH

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  • Mission - SPLASH
    of the steamboat era and the history of the Lambertville New Hope area Population served The steamboat is used to educate l school classes scout troops 4 H clubs summer camps and related educational groups 2 disadvantaged and handicapped groups 3 bus tours of senior citizens religious and business groups environmental and historical groups and 4 school teachers who come to the steamboat for a seminar in environmental education for

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  • Founder - SPLASH
    down to his bones and began to think what fun it would be to have a real steamboat When a friend suggested that perhaps he should consider a big steamboat that would carry students on learning adventures he just couldn t resist A few personal recollections Hey Bart we left off the lock washer Bart later told me that from then on we would be very careful about that unless of course we didn t have the right size washer and we really needed to get this done now Bart was interested in demonstrating to students how important cooperation was to everyone s benefit He built a model water distribution system to illustrate through hands on participation how the water needs of various communities could be satisfied by everyone working together sharing water through mutually agreed upon flow management procedures His idea was to demonstrate that aboard SPLASH as part of the three rotations lesson plan However the model was quite large and assembling and disassembling it before and after each trip became a problem so it didn t remain in the lesson repertoire But it was a great idea and who knows maybe it will have a comeback in a more convenient form I think the following story appealed to Bart partly because it was a story of persistence and courage coming from someone like Fitch This story inspired a fun debate at a school between Fitch played by Bob Schuster and Fulton played by Pete Burns The debate was refereed by Abraham Lincoln played by founder Bart Hoebel The debate was about who should take credit for what turned out to be the greatest American invention of the century Fitche s idea of putting a steam engine into a riverboat was radical since all steam engines up to this time were very big and heavy and required large boilers At the time we were not very friendly with Great Britain having just had a war with them so they were not interested in sharing their experience with steam engine technology Fitch was able to figure out how to achieve better power at reduced weight thus making George Washington s dream of opening up vast area s of the country which at that time were only accessible by rivers a reality The problem was that going down stream was easy going up stream was really really hard Regarding Fulton It wasn t until years later that Fulton started steaming on the Hudson but only after some astute political maneuvering and a fair amount of observing Fitch s work that got him a franchise from the interested states So like Fitch Bart took on a really big idea and kept on plugging away at it until it surrendered My father was most well known for his contributions to the scientific community as a leading neuroscientist and professor at Princeton University but he was an adventurer and inventor at heart He loved building things especially things that would help serve people

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  • Vessel History - SPLASH
    Hill New Jersey A special trailer was then needed to get the boat from the farm to C F Metal the company that would do the refitting and rebuilding United Crane Company gently lifted the boat onto the trailer and Onka Trucking in Millstone prepared to tow it to C F in Hillsborough And then Bart discovered that the boat was too heavy for the tow truck whose wheels just spun not moving an inch Luckily a farm tractor came to the rescue pulling the trailer but the weight bent the trailer hitch bracket Finally a bigger tow truck was called in to save the day Upon arrival at C F Metal the restoration of this tattered 1970 replica of an 1890 steam powered workboat was underway They sandblasted 100 hour and after a few days most of the rust was gone and much of the boat was gone too Holes in the bottom Holes in the ribs Holes almost everywhere except there were NO holes in the beautiful 1991 boiler the elegant 1970 handmade steam pistons or the decks They had to cut off the entire bottom all the ribs and yes the sides too The trick was to cut the bottom out one section at a time lift the boat with cranes replace the missing section and then weld the steel in place Next came new electrical wiring for the boiler lights and bilge pumps with a back up electrical source donated by Xantrex Co Steam pipes were replaced and finally about 100 gallons of paint donated by International Paint gave her a beautiful finish Two years and 100 000 later the steamboat had new ribs a new bulkhead and a new hull stronger than the original increasing the weight by about one ton Why so much heavier What were the Coast Guard regulations for that extra measure of safety The end result is a inch steel hull instead of the old thinner metal a flame proof boiler room with automatic fire extinguisher system railings with 4 inch spacing to protect children an extra thick steam pipe from the boiler to the engine room escape ladders from the upper deck detachable railing sections for easy escape from the lower deck a new thicker walled fuel tank made of aluminum which uses home heating oil or bio diesel fuel to fire the boiler in the old days it was powered by wood or coal What do you need to run a steamboat You need a captain an engineer and a first mate Each member must pass training and testing in order to be licensed by the US Coast Guard and the state The SPLASH crew was licensed the boat was in the water but they were not done The US Coast Guard s rigorous water safety tests were yet to come before passengers could travel on board In the fall of 2004 with help from Captain Bob Grenever she passed stability maneuverability and man over board tests with flying

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  • Meet the Crew - SPLASH
    Captain Scott Johnson Captain Butch Delahanty Captain Jennifer Haydt Captain Pete Burns Engineer Scott Jones Engineer Brian Vroome Engineer Brad Sanford Crew Member Bob Barth Mate History Eric Clark Mate Science Matthew Hasbrouck Mate Nic Teneglia Mate Kris Hallinger Grant Writer Brendan Bonner Crew Member Andrew Chun Crew Member Science Linda Barth Educator History Emily Clark Educator Science Kelsey McNeely Educator Science Gary Grover Educator Science Carol Kelly Educator Science

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  • Gallery - SPLASH
    Started Project WET for Educators Environmental Education The Delaware Classes Rules What to Bring Forms Download Flyer Private Events Learning Entertainment Fundraisers Catering Forms Get Involved Volunteer Donate Wish List SPLASH Store Contact Friends of SPLASH The Vessel Pre Launch

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  • Public Events - SPLASH
    SPLASH Upcoming Public Events Shad Fest Mini Tours Sunday May 1st 2016 Saturday April 30th TBD Every thirty minutes from 12 30pm 5 30pm Come onboard for the SPLASH experience 10 00 tickets at the dock cash only Birding Cruise on the Delaware River May 7 8 00 am 10 00 am 35 per person Click here for details Paddlewheel PRIDE Cruise with New Hope Celebrates May 20 7 00 pm 9 00 pm 35 per person Click here for details Shad Cruise on the Delaware River May 21st 2016 Two Trips 1 00 pm 2 30 pm and 3 30 pm 5 00 pm 35 per person Click here for details Fireworks Cruise June 3rd 8 00 pm 9 30 pm In advance 50 per person At the dock 60 per person cash only Click here for details Fireworks Cruise July 2nd 8 00 pm 9 30 pm In advance 50 per person At the dock 60 per person cash only Click here for details Mark Twain History Music Cruise July 9 3 00 pm 5 00 pm Includes storytelling historian Mark Twain Impersonator and music from a live string band 35 per person Click here for details Fireworks

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