Ian Rutter writes:
SL Alaska is in trouble with this year’s season a wipe out because of Covid-19.
Peter Green the owner and skipper has set up a Go Fund Me page for donations to keep the vessel in steam. She was built in 1883 at Bourne End and is part of the National Historic Fleet. The first propeller driven boat on the River Thames, originally operated by Salters Steamers and where she still plies her trade as the oldest working passenger steamer. To have the boiler permanently go cold would be tragic.
Details on their website www.thames-steamers.co.uk where there is a link and details for donations.
Ian adds: I have many happy memories of trips when I was the engineer onboard with Derek Brown the skipper. We would often give SBA members a trip for a nominal amount when repositioning after a charter. Perhaps the SBA Membership can help SL Alaska in return.
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