The Steamer BOHUSLÄN
The Steamboat Society was established in 1965 in an attempt to preserve the then break up-doomed steamer BOHUSLÄN, built in 1914 and being the last passenger steamer on the Swedish West Coast. By selling shares of 100 SEK each to the public we succeeded in collecting the SEK 60,000 needed to purchase the vessel from its owner, the scrap dealer. Formal owner is Ångbåten Ekonomisk Förening (The Steamer Economic Association).
After an extensive restoration the steamer was back in its home waters already the following summer. Ever since then the BOHUSLÄN has been sailing each summer the waters it was built for once upon a time, modernized where required, but otherwise restored in all essential parts, with its original engine and boiler and with saloons almost as they were at delivery in 1914.
The ferry FÄRJAN 4
The Steamboat Society also disposes the steam-operated FÄRJAN 4, built in 1920 and being the last of all steam ferries in Gothenburg harbour. "Fyran" (Ferry 4), which served as an extra ferry up until 1970, is owned by Göteborgs Sjöfartsmuseum (Gothenburg Maritime Museum), whereas the Society is responsible for "preserving the ferry in traffic-worthy condition".
The tug STORMPRINCESS
For a number of years the Society's fleet of historico-cultural vessels included the tug STORMPRINCESS, built in 1908, previously with a steam engine but since 1956 equipped with an ignition bulb engine. In May 1998 the ownership of STORMPRINCESS was transferred to Göteborgs Maritima Centrum (Gothenburg Maritime Centre).