Winner : Bob Nicholson of Lakeport, Michigan. Ticket Purchased through this website


ISMA Lodge 5 in Bay City is holding a fundraising raffle for a weekend trip on the Steamboat Princess, docked in the Saginaw River, Bay City, Michigan.

The Princess is the last operational Walking Beam Side-wheeler in the world.  She is 38 feet long, 15.5 feet at the beam and the paddle wheels are 7 foot in diameter.  The displacement is 13 tons and has a top speed of 8 miles per hour.  The Princess has steamed over 6,000 miles.

The  Walking Beam Steam Engine in the Princess was built at Sarlin Steamworks in San Francisco.  David Sarlin had access to old blueprints from 1857 from the San Francisco Maritime Museum.  With his knowledge of steam and these blue prints, he built a working replica.  He then hired a professional Maritime architect to design the Princess around the engine.  Construction was done by the Millerick Bros.of Coastal Marine.  Launched in 1984, she steamed the waters of the Petaluma River in California.  Following David Sarlin's death in 1996, the Princess was purchased from Ray Sarlin, David's father by Captain Edward Morris and brought to Bay City, Michigan.  Capt. Ed Morris is President of ISMA Lodge 5 in Bay City.

The raffle prize is a two day trip on the Princess, one nights lodging at the Doubletree Hotel on the Saginaw River and dinner with the Captain.  One day the trip will go up river and on the second day the trip will go down the river to the Bay.

The raffle drawing will be held at the SteinHaus restaurant in Bay City on May 30, 2005 at 5:00 PM.  There will be one winner.

Tickets are $5.00 each and may be purchased by mailing check or money order to:

Princess Raffle
c/o Morris Machine and Mold
3236 Patterson Road
Bay City, Mi  48706

Raffle license number:  R79546

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All proceeds go to the International Ship Masters' Association Lodge 5 in Bay City  


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