Steam Ferry S.S.”BETULA”
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.
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.