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The pleasure steamboat Flying Cloud sits at Caney Creek Marina prior to its launch earlier this month to Chattanooga.
Two pleasure boats run on steam

A pair of friends who share a special hobby decided Roane County was the perfect starting point to enjoy a slow cruise to Chattanooga on the Tennessee River.

What’s different about the cruise is both of their boats are outfitted for steam.

Timothy Lynch from Connecticutt and Tom Ray, now living in Georgia, took off from the Caney Creek Marina in mid-May, then shuttled back to get their vehicles to tow the boats back.

At 4 nautical mph, it was slow going. It was also toasty and tight quarters.