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Steamboating Sales & Wants

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Adverts last modified: 7th March 2018




For Sale

Steam Launch Ilse Louise


Ilse Louise was built in 1914 by “Nicolaas Witsen”, Alkmaar in the Netherlands.

Hull: Over all length 10.5 m., beam 2.2 m., draught 0.8m.

Seats can be converted in two beds, galley, wc. Restored to the original of 1914. 

Materials: Hull: steel, Salon: teak.

Chain steering, 3 blade bronze propeller 21”

Machinery: Triple expansion engine built in 2011. Cylinders: 76 + 122 + 200mm Stroke 102mm. Power: 15 hp at 450 rpm. and 14 bar. Stephenson link motion, 2 feed pumps and 1 air pump.

Chain steering, 3 blade bronze propeller 21” diameter.

Boiler: Vertical centre drum WT. built in 2011 contains nearly 40 litres of water. Working pressure: 14 bar, Heating area: 4.2 m2, Oil-fired with injector and handpump. Keel condenser and hot-well.

Price: on request.

Contact: Tjaard Schudde Kampen/Netherlands

email address:

For Sale

Steam Launch Theodoor


Netherlands based SBA member Pieter Brittijn is well known in SBA circles in the UK from his frequent visits together with his beautifully built launch 'Theodoor': but he wrote in January to advise that 'It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to sell my steam launch.'

Hull: LOA: 22’, Beam 6’ 6”, Draft 3’. Designed by Paul Fisher from Melksham. (model 'IJssel') The design features high freeboard and great stability making her perfect for choppy conditions. Construction is Red cedar strip-planked in epoxy/glass, on oak framing, teak deck and mahogany coamings. Built between 2007 – 2011 by owner to high specifications.

Boiler: Vertical fire-tube VFT 103 from the SBA library Oak cladding, complete with all fittings and licensed by Lloyds Register till 31.12.2019, and she has a stainless steel 'wet' ash pan and a Windermere kettle. Boiler feed by engine driven hypro pump (main) plus injector and hand pump

Engine: A classic double acting twin 3 ¼ X 3 ¼ built in the late 1800’s and completely overhauled in 2010. Steam and mechanical lubrication by multi pumps. The plant is condensing (keel condenser) and there is a feed water heater, oil filter and engine driven air pump.

Propeller: Three blade bronze right hand 20’x 30’' Stainless steel prop shaft 1 ¼ inch, homokinetic clutch and axial bearing. 

Cover: Custom made winter and summer cover.

Trailer: Twin axle galvanised trailer custom adapted for the hull (licensed in The Netherlands) 

The sale includes all the above, plus ropes, fenders, anchor, flag staffs as well as two boxes of assorted steam paraphernalia. The launch, its hull, boiler and engine as well as all the additional items, are in excellent condition.

Asking price: £33,000 ono. [Or Euro equivalent] 

For more information please contact: Pieter Brittijn Tel: 0031 24 3582773. E-mail:

For Sale

Steam Launch Amaryllis II


'Amaryllis II' was conceived with the enthusiastic help of eminent engineer, Alex Ritchie. One of the 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.

Year of Build 1995 - commissioned 2002 30ft LOA x 6ft 6” beam 3ft 6” draft / 6ft 6” air draft Weight 4.25 tons (Feed Water capacity 113 ltrs / Fuel 100 ltrs)

STEAM PLANT: Her 25hp LIFU type 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 the 240 volt NuWay oil burner is automatically pressure regulated to maintain 265-275 psi.. 

This 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 feed-water passes through a four-stage filter system in the 12 gallon hot-well. She comes with a six-wheeled, 5 tonne capacity galvanised road trailer, tailor-made specifically for her by RM Trailers, and the sale will include a full set of spare boiler tubes and other items.

HULL: Drawn by Paul Fisher after a Dixon Kemp design and built to a very high standard by with copper and silicon bronze fastenings, and finished with teak decking, joinery and saloon. She has outside seating for eight guests in comfort in forward and aft cockpits while the saloon provides additional seating for four people around the table. 'Amaryllis II' is quiet, economical and remarkably manoeuvrable.

Enquiries with sensible offers are invited for Amaryllis II Contact William Fuller: 01502 722657

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




For Sale

Twin Cylinder Canoe Engine


Canoe Engine: A neat and highly efficient little twin [1.5" x 2.25" + 2]. 

It is about 15" high x 10" wide with Joy valve gear, eccentric driven feed pump, simple lubricator and stop valve.

From the workshop of the late Dick Bradford.

It is a fascinating and compact engine, nicely made for hard work - by whom we don't know - and it's a very free runner - probably of similar power to a 5A , but of course self-starting. 

Price: £550 ono secures 

Contact:  Mark Rudall,  Funnel Editor in whose workshop it currently resides.

For Sale

Single Cylinder Launch Engine


Single cylinder launch engine, classic hammer frame of late Victorian/early Edwardian vintage.

Approx bore 2.5" x 2.5" stroke, 22" overall height, and weight around 80lbs. 7" dia spoked flywheel and Stephenson's link RV, plus a Stuart Turner feed pump.

All in working order (compressor tested), and condition is as removed from a small launch.

Price: £1,500.

Collection required from either Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire or Dereham, Norfolk.

Contact: Lindsay Lloyd Tel: 07531 129682

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

Funnel Back Issues and Steamboat Museum Book


  • An almost full collection of the Funnel magazines from April 1973 to December 2017 (nos 4-175), including SBA members boat lists etc. A wonderful archive packed full of reading and information
  • Windermere Steamboat Museum booklet by George Pattinson. The boats as they were when the museum was first established - published 1977

I will be attending the AGM in Birmingham, so for anyone interested, I can bring them for you. I am open to any offers for them

Contact: Richard Bartrop,


mobile: 07772 645346

home: 0115 9282751

For Sale

HRM Supplies Stock Clearance and Business Sale


Hugh Mothersole advises that he is clearing his remaining stock of HRM Supplies.

Shortly to be available are Steam boat fittings, hydrostatic lubricators, engines and pumps, together with the model engineering business, Stuart Turner and Don Young and more, tooling and books.

Please email for lists as they become available

For Sale

Mahogany Boat Building Timber


Mahogany for boat building available:

Following my building of the Launch 'Symphony' I have quite a lot of Mahogany left, and taking up space needed for the ever increasing size of the new LMS 'Duchess' locomotive currently in build!

The following stock for sale: 3" x 5" section Brazilian Mahogany 3 off @ 81" long, 1 off @ 101" long and 2 off @ 44" long.

There are further quantities of identical material in other sections, viz, 10" x 7/8" etc..

Contact: Alan Howarth 01772 336346 for prices and details

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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