Steam Launch “BELLE”
This vessel was built in Kingston upon Thames in 1894. She worked out of Worcester on the Severn for 80 years, and she last worked in 2009.
Potential for private yacht or historic passenger carrier. She was licensed to carry 100 passengers. Equipped with galley, bar and 2 WCs with ornate hand basins, and a large dining area.
Converted from steam, now fitted with Gardner 84hp diesel engine.
Teak on oak framed hull, lowering funnel and awnings for low bridges, original ship’s wheel and telegraph, modern electrics, transportable by road.
L.O.A. 75ft (22.86 Mtrs), Beam 15ft, Draft 4ft 9”
Displacement: 24,000 kg
Official No: 118486
National Register of Historic Vessels: No.272
Price On Application
14 Ft 6″ Steam Launch “CHATWIN”
Length overall 14’ 6”
This beautiful craft was built in the early nineties, recently restored and maintained to a very high standard.
A replica of a Welsh steam launch of c1855. The heavy-duty GRP hull is dressed in mahogany from the laid decks to the curved combings, this took a craftsman three years to complete. Hull houses six-storage lockers under the seating with additional fore and aft peak storage, plus two further water storage tanks.
Open launch Hull:
- Size: LOA- 14’ 6” LWL 14’ Beam 5’ Draft 1’ 6”.
- Construction: White GRP hull and decks with Brazilian mahogany laid deck, thwarts, lockers and full interior trim.
- Build: Hull only built 1991 by Gibbs and Thurston at Edmonton.
- Fit out: 1991-94.
Engine – Single 2.25″ x 2.5″:
- Design: Cyril Taylor
- Construction: C.T. castings the crank is machined from solid EN8. A larger Stuart Turner flywheel is fitted
- Builder: John Hill
- Drive: Drive is from the flywheel end with a Stevenson link reverse, through stainless shaft and 14 x24 bronze prop.
Boiler – Water tube coils:
- Design: Blackstaff 5A Marine
- Construction: All copper 1995
- Working pressure: 100 PSI.
- Type approval: SBA
- Fuel: Paraffin/Kerosene through vaporising burner.
- Fuel tank: 19.5 litres in high-pressure tank.
Unlike most steam locomotives, the plant recycles the water/steam passing the waste steam through a heat exchanger before exiting the hull and passing through underwater condensing tubes before re-entering the hull and reservoiring in the stainless steel hot well, situated ahead of the boiler. A piston pump driven by the engine through a toothed belt draws the water from the hot well and pushes into the pressurised system through a non-return valve. Inevitably, water is lost in this process so additional water is carried on board in forward tanks, balanced on port and starboard and using a two-way selector valve additional fresh water can be pumped into the system, Water can also be supplied from these tanks to be drawn in by a steam injector. After a day’s steaming, the system can be blown down through a discharge outlet through the hull. A nice touch is the “Windermere Kettle” for making hot fresh tea. The boiler runs on kerosene on a non-vented pressurised system. In essence, the fuel is introduced through the sealing filler on the foredeck until the system is full which is indicated by an internal drain to a container. The system is then sealed and pressurised to about 120 PSI through a foot pump the air pressure being stored in a high pressure air vessel located in the forepeak and as indicated on a pressure gauge. The burner is similar to a blowlamp vaporising the fuel. By passing over the burners then back through the jets. This is controlled by a needle valve controlling the liquid and then a gas valve located in the front of the boiler.
S.L Chatwin is offered for sale in fully restored condition, benefiting from a new unfired boiler, new engine, trailer, cover, and detailed inventory.
Paddle Steamer “MONARCH”
P.S. Monarch is a 42 Ft paddle steamer licensed for 12 passengers and sheis reputedly the smallest commercial paddle steamer in the world with all the features and charm of her bigger sisters.
42 feet long
7 feet 9 inches beam (14 feet including paddle sponsons)
Hull is flat bottomed with a fine entry and a counter stern, drawing 21”. It was made by Bob Deards of Stargate Marine. Fore and aft Vetus thrusters are fitted.
Compound Marine Engine 4 1/2” HP, 8” LP and 10 ½” stroke by Staniforth Engineering, Rochester.
Boiler feed pump and air pump are engine driven off the little ends by rocking beams.
The engine exhausts into an inboard condenser then to a hotwell, to be pumped back into the boiler. Cooling water to the condenser is provided by a 12v centrifugal pump.
The boiler is a scotch dry back type built by Chatham Steam, fired by diesel fuel through a Riello 240v burner.
240v power is supplied by a Paguro diesel yacht generator.
The saloon and wheel house are wood, the boiler room housing is steel.
HMS “Bullfrog” Steam Ship
The last ex Royal Navy ocean-going steam ship.
250 Ft Long.
Complete and in running order, with twin triple expansion marine engines. Currently arranged as a cable laying ship but with potential to convert.
Steam Yacht “MYRA”
- Length 42 ft
- Beam 8ft 7in
- Clipper bow and counter stern, carvel teak non oak frames.
- 4 berths in two cabins and a galley.
- Engine triple expansion 4.1/2 + 7 x 6” stroke, with scotch boiler, currently oil fired. All steam auxiliaries.