Steam Launch “GALLANT”
This elegant steam launch was built c1900 and is 30ft long by 6ft 10in beam. Gallant draws about 2ft 6in when loaded, hull being of carvel construction: pitch pine planks on sawn oak frames, with laid hardwood decks. Restored and returned to steam around 1990.
Engine: 10hp V twin compound 3” x 5” x 4″, giving top speed of 7 knots.
Boiler: Coal fired 3 drum Yarrow type water tube boiler, working pressure 180 psi. With current annual inspection and 10 year hydraulic inspection certificates as of March 2016.
For many years Gallant has been operated as a full time business, carrying up to 12 passengers for trips on the river Fowey in Cornwall. As such, the launch is fully licenced to operate by the local harbour authority, with annual inspections.
Watch a video of Gallant here.
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.