About Us

Step into Port Townsend, the City of Dreams, and immerse yourself in a frontier town that lives steampunk year-round. Throughout the 19th century the “Key City” was a town looking to the future. Electrified homes and railway, a sense of destiny, aspirations to grandeur…and then it all fell down. The city Time Forgot. But today you can visit one of 3 Victorian seaports in the US, a community dedicated to authentic oddity, eccentric art, and an eclectic vision that draws hundreds of thousands of guests every year.

The Brass Screw ain’t no Con. We’re our own wonderful thing. Port Townsend, Washington, is one of just three Victorian seaports in the US and for one weekend it’s transformed into our unique vision of what a Steampunk Extravaganza should be: vintage aesthetics commingled with edgy 21st century art, music, and tech – all strapped together with brass.

Code of Conduct

Mutual respect is essential to The Brass Screw Confederacy. There is zero tolerance for harassment due to gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, or religion. Disrespectful conduct will get you expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. If you experience any violations of this code of conduct, even if it seems trivial, please alert a staff member.

Respectful Conduct

  • Respect others, including their personal space.
  • Ask consent before taking photographs of others and again before posting images.
  • Our venues are shared with the public. Be mindful of your surroundings and respectful to all.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Play nice.

Public Service Announcement: If you have any questions as to how consensual sex works, please watch this entertaining and educational video:

The Photo Waiver

Olympic Peninsula Steam has retained photographers to capture the event for archival and marketing purposes. Our staff photographers will be identified by a visible pass and are the only event participants with implied consent to take photos.  Whenever possible, they will request consent and present subjects with a Photo Waiver for your approval. If at any time you are uncomfortable being photographed, you are encouraged to ask them to stop and to destroy any images that include you. Please report any incident to Registration in the Cotton Building at 607 Water St. or send email to info18@brassscrew.com.

Video Credit: Blue Heat Studios

Confederacies Past

2018: Perilous Expeditions
2017: Airship Pirates
2016: Patent Approved
2015: Patent Pending
2014: Octopi Port Townsend!
2013: The Maiden Voyage
2012: The Blueprint Year

So what’s this Steampunk-thing, anyhow?

First, here’s a One-page Steampunk Primer
...where you can read the Story of the Brass Screw Confederacy
...and finally gear up with our Steampunk Wardrobe Primer.

Ready to get involved?

Presenters & demos: geniuses19@brassscrew.org
Volunteers: volunteers19@brassscrew.org
Vendors: vendors19@brassscrew.org


Email: info19@brassscrew.org
Facebook: Brass Screw Confederacy
Mailing address: P.O Box #1050 Port Townsend, WA 98368