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Adverts last modified: 12th February 2018




For Sale

Steam Launch Amaryllis II


This very fine and well-known steam launch is offered for sale by William Fuller who says: 

" 'Amaryllis' was conceived with the enthusiastic help of eminent engineer, Alex Ritchie. One of its aims was to prove his development of a 25 hp triple expansion engine based on LIFU’s two cylinder 30 hp compound, and the photo in the LIFU catalogue of a 100 hp triple. She fully fulfilled all my expectations: a pleasure to operate and watch, with enough space to enable comfortable cruising on the Broads as well as other inland waterways."

Built in 1995 and commissioned 2002 she is 30ft LOA with a beam of 6ft 6” and a draft of 3ft 6” draft and 6ft 6” air draft. 

Her weight is 4.25tons. (Feed Water capacity 113 litres / Fuel Capacity 100 litres). Hull is of Iroko planking on oak timbers LIFU type 25hp triple expansion engine giving a max speed of 7 knots She will be sold with a spare set of boiler tubes for her oil-fired WT boiler. 'Amaryllis II' is currently moored in a private boat shed but a three-axle road trailer is available by separate negotiation.

Hull: The hull was built by the International Boatbuilding Training Company in 1995 and was drawn by Paul Fisher after a Dixon Kemp design, as described and illustrated in his famous book Naval Architecture (1895 edition), and endorsed by the authority on D-K, John Leather. 

'Amaryllis II' was built to a very high standard using iroko planking on oak timbers, fastened throughout with copper and silicon bronze, and finished with teak decking, joinery and saloon. She has outside seating for eight guests in comfort using the forward and aft cockpits. The saloon provides additional seating for four people around the table.

Machinery: The engine was completed in 2002 with machining by RAM Engineering of Debden Green, Essex, and the project was overseen by two other distinguished engineers, Peter Frost and Hugh Mothersole. 

'Amaryllis II' is quiet, economical and remarkably manoeuvrable. Her triple expansion engine is 3 3/8”+5 ½”+7 7/8”x 5 ½” and her three-drum water tube boiler generates approx. 900lbs steam per hour, while her 240 volt oil burner by NuWay is automatically pressure regulated to maintain a working pressure of 265-275 psi.

The burner is powered by 2x225 Ah. gel batteries supplemented, if required, by an alternator driven off a layshaft which also drives a three cylinder boiler feed pump. The batteries are maintained by a Victron monitor. 

A 27”x40” propeller, designed specifically for her by Bruntons, using an Aquadrive flexible coupling and thrust block, gives her 6 knots at 200 rpm with a 23” vacuum burning about 4 l/hr. Her maximum speed has been measured at 7 knots at 375rpm.

'Amaryllis II' has a comprehensive set of gauges: boiler, HP, MP, LP, Vac, Feed and matching rev counter (by Alex Ritchie). Boiler feedwater passes through a four-stage filter system in the 12 gallon hotwell.

Enquiries are invited for her with offers in the region of £80,000 to include a full set of spare boiler tubes and other items.

A six-wheeled 5 tonne capacity galvanised road trailer, tailor-made specifically for her by RM Trailers, is available by separate negotiation.

Contact: William Fuller, telephone: 01502 722657 email:

For Sale

Steam Launch Suilven & Towcar



This well known launch built originally 1992 to very high standard by Geoff Newton is reluctantly for sale due to other commitments. The sale will include the trailer and towing vehicle.

Hull: Suilven is 25' 7" L.O.A. 5' 6" beam, strip plank cedar construction with mahogany veneer. 

Engine: Leak compound, fully condensing with crosshead driven vacuum pump.

Boiler: V.F.T. Steel, coal fired, maker Franklin & Bell 1999. re-tubed by TRS 2015, shaft driven feed pump, plus injector and hand pump the latter configured to draw from both hotwell and storage tank. 

Fit-out & Maintenance: A Windermere kettle is fitted. New stainless steel hotwell tank fitted 2015. New stainless steel water storage tank fitted under for'd thwart 2015. Engine out stripped down and bearings checked 2016. Rudder down, stock out, prop shaft out all bushes checked in good condition 2016. Full set of new seat cushions made 2017 used only once.

A long shaft Seagull outboard is carried as a back up, never required but tested satisfactorily. Engine electronically balanced. (see this edition funnel). Suilven is garaged over winter with boiler drained vented and heated to prevent condensation.

Suilven will be sold complete with fold up table, lifejackets, cordage, fenders, sidescreens, travelling cover, portable for'd tent arrangement and pieces of hardware enabling the the aft section to be converted into a comfortable sleeping area and the fwd section into a separate seating area when moored up overnight.

Trailer & Tow Vehicle: Suilven is complete with an Indespension four wheel braked trailer bearings renewed 2 years ago.

Towing vehicle is a BMW X5 30D automatic gearbox. Manufacturer fitted towing ball and electrics, the car is a 53 registration, Mot until September 2018 regularly maintained and oil changed every 10,000 miles. Mileage 152,000, fuel consumption 30.7 mpg local running 39 mpg motorway cruising, 23 mpg towing.

Price:   offers.

Contact:  John Hendry 


Telephone: 01324 877544

For Sale

Motor Launch Haida - reduced price!


HAIDA was built in 1992 as a motor launch by PJS boats, 18ft x 5ft Indian Runner design. 

Cedar strip, sheathed exterior, mahogany veneer planking interior, mahogany / bevelled glass engine cover. 

Converted to steam in 1998, then further conversion to electric in 2010 using a 48 volt 1.5 KW SEM motor & 200 amp/hour deep cycle batteries, on-board 20 amp charger & Victron battery monitor. 

[Always dry stored on axle stands when not in use and battery charge maintained] 

Full history in EBA news summer 2011 and Water Craft magazine Nov/Dec 2011. 

Winner of the Simonds Trophy for best electric boat at the Thames Vintage Boat Rally 2011. Registered with the Thames Vintage Boat Club No. 44.

The boat comes with full inventory, new road / mooring cover, half canopy, boat safety certificate from June 2015. Twin axle trailer, overhauled professionally in Sept. 2014. [New sealed wheel bearings and AL-KO damped brake coupling fitted].

Price £11,000 ONO. 

Contact:  Peter Brennan on or 

Telephone on 01474 707534





Wanted: Boiler for 50IHP Triple Expansion Engine


Watertube boiler (175 psi approx) for 50 IHP Simpson Strickland triple expansion launch engine.

Contact: Reg W. Dean

Telephone: 01436 820385


For Sale

Simpson-Strickland Kingdom Steeple Compound


Absolutely a one of a kind piece!

This is a beautiful piece of history, very unique and well taken care of, perfect for museum or for show.

This Simpson-Strickland Kingdom steeple compound condensing engine was purchased by Late Thomas G. Thompson Jr. in 1951. This unit shipped straight from England to its destination in Seattle, Washington. All the documentation comes with the unit.

This is a complete portable unit. Boiler and engine are on its factory base to go in and out of the boat. 

Engine is fitted with Stephenson reverse link. It is complete with hand pump, condenser and flanged propeller shaft. 

Includes: brass funnel, brass water makeup tank , copper outboard condenser. Injector and misc flanged fittings with pipe work .

Has never been out of a heated building since 1951! Boiler appears to be fully serviceable.

This unit can be seen in Steamboats and Modern steam Launches May 1962, page 22

Price: $18,000.00 USD or reasonable offer.
   FOB Seattle, WA. USA


Andrew VanLuenen
A.V.L. Machine Works LLC
8911 186th ST. NE.
Arlington,WA 98223
Phone: +1 425-239-1403

Fax: +1 360-435-3376


For Sale

Single Cylinder Marine Engine


A single cylinder marine steam launch engine, the approximate dimensions are, 50mm bore x 75mm stroke, the height from the base

to top of cylinder is 60cm, comes complete with mechanical lubricator, water pump, and reverser, cylinder and steam chest drains, bearing oilers, mounted on a hardwood/stainless steel engine base/bearers, can be seen running on air, has never been steamed. 

For any further info please e- mail or phone.

Asking Price: £1700.

Please  Contact:  Brian Porritt, Kent. 

Phone : 01843 581704. 

For Sale

Combined Air and Feed Pump


Combined feed and air pump, chain driven, weight 20 kg

Price: £ 215

Contact: Douglas Taylor 

Tel: 01475 687395



For Sale



Steam gauge Dewrance 0-200psi, 5 inches dia
Traction Gauge 0-500psi, 5 inches dia
Steam Gauge 0-100psi 3.5inches dia

Offers invited harrykwebster@gmail.comTel Oxford 01865865670

For Sale

Model steam ship - £420


Model steam ship  "Patricia . reg London" (painted on the stern). Scale 1/48.  Hull 57 in long. All steel soldered and well engineered. The superstructure is also steel  with lots of details -anchors winches  Bollards? etc.   Twin screws 3ins dia are gear driven and are designed to operate in contra rotation. The steam engine twin cylinder horizontal slide valve has a steam boiler feed pump and displacement lubricator.  The boiler is a Yarrow type  main upper tube and 2 mud drums. Delivery steam pipe is superheated. Boiler has water gauge and pressure gauge. Hand pump and cocks also fitted in the hull. It is designed to be heated by a gas torch and there is plenty of room in the hull to house a largish gas cylinder. The hull would have taken a good deal of patience to construct. It is a large soldering job with all the problems of heat transfer and keeping the panels in situ.

The model needs a new paint job and the decks could be cleaned up and possibly wooden decking placed on top of the steel sub deck.  I can just about carry it but it is getting too much for me now.

Difficult to value precisely it is a "One off" but I guess the twin engine is about £300, boiler about £250 and the hull who knows ?  I am open to offers around £420. 

I have made fairly feeble efforts to research the origin of the prototype, but I learn that there was a Trinity House vessel "Patricia " but I have not found anything else.  It looks like a coastal passenger vessel of the Edwardian period.

Contact Harry Webster, Email: harrykwebster@gmail.comTel: 01865 865670, Location: Oxfordshire


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