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Information contained in these advertisements is published as received by the editor.  It is the buyer's responsibility to check the accuracy of any details published. 

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Adverts last modified: 24th July 2018




For Sale

Paddle Steamer Monarch


Paddle Steamer Monarch is for Sale

A unique opportunity to acquire one of the only three working Paddle Steamers in Britain. 

Monarch has a 42ft steel hull, fitted with a wooden saloon and wheel house.

Power Plant: She is powered by an inclined condensing compound engine supplied with steam from an oil fired scotch dry-back boiler. 

Licensed for 12 passengers she has been successfully operating river trips on the Frome and into Poole Harbour in Dorset.

Price: Offers over £75,000

Also available: a 30ft licensed open steam launch.

Contact: Enquiries to Wareham Steam Navigation Co. Ltd

Tel: 01929 556031

Mobile: 07899 024250


For Sale

Steam Launch Garlandstone (updated)



Hull: Length 24ft x 4ft 8in Beam.  Oak and Mahogany. Skin 3 layers, copper riveted. Beautiful wood varnishing was finished by Peter Freebody in Hurley, River Thames.

Boiler: Ed Langley Vertical Firetube, coal fired. Mechanical shaft driven Hypo water feed pump and hand feed-pump. Professionally re-tubed by Manor Farm Engineering with boiler test, new hardwood staving. Only steamed twice since! New test on purchase.

Engine: a Taylor twin high pressure. Fitted with Clupit rings.Stephenson Link Motion, a really nice easy to use machine.

Trailer: 4 wheeled ‘Breakback’ for east of launching. Comes complete with 4 new Indespension units, new wheels and tyres.

Comes with cushions, boat covers, windows and Widermere kettle etc etc.

This is a beautiful one-off hulled boat, you will not find another, there isn’t one. With its vertical water cutting bow and counter stern she leaves little wash. Easy to steam and capable of running all day.

Would not be selling but for the fact I have been lucky to be offered and bought an even bigger steam boat.

More pictures available on request.

Difficult to find a nicer buy, early viewing recommended.

Price: On Request.

Contact: Phone Lyndon Bedford on 07973 919129 or email

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

Engine & Boiler from SNB Radnor



Potential buyers are sought for engine room equipment of SNB Radnor (56’ canal narrow boat). 

Equipment includes:

  • Single cylinder Holmes Engine (Bore approx 5” diameter, stoke 6”) Stephenson’s reversing gear, engine displacement pump for boiler supply. 
  • Boiler 26” dia Terry Statham welded coal fired SBA design VFT (height extended) with 5 years ticket (full documentation new construction original hydraulic test January 2013@ 280 psi), last inspection February 2018, stainless steel grate & chimney, all valves, fittings and gauges. 
  • Injector, Hypro pressure washer pump for boiler supply , displacement main steam lubricator, steam/water condensate sensor, pressure reducing valve , hot well, bunker, vacuum ejector. 
  • Plus Stuart 5A engine and auxiliary boiler feed pump etc. 
Prefer to sell as a complete set.

Equipment available late 2018 , working inspection invited by serious interested parties. 

Price negotiable but only sensible offers will be considered.

Contact: Sam Leese + 44 (0)7739 625265

For Sale

ASME Vertical Fire Tube Boiler - updated price



The boiler is a 40 sq.ft. wet leg VFT, designed for 200 PSI, 18” diameter x 42” tall including ash pan. Height to the top of the current 8" dia. smoke stack is 95”, and is easily removed or changed. 

The boiler was built by Everett Engineering in 2002, sold to Rappahannock Boat Works, and installed in a new hull in 2005.

This boiler came with my launch Vividus, which I purchased second hand through Rappahannock in 2014. The time has come to replace it with the boiler that I had under construction when I bought the boat, so this one is now surplus. 

It is in excellent condition, has been used very little, and has been stored drained and open in my heated garage whenever not in use.

I have the boiler's P2 form (it's "birth certificate") from Everett.

I have videos of its first (to 300 PSI) and its most recent (to 225 PSI) hydros on YouTube or search for "Anythingsteam".

The boiler comes as shown in the photos with grates, washout plugs, hand hole, smoke hood, blower nozzle, retarders, smoke stack with damper, wooden lagging, and Kunkle safety valve set at 140 PSI or 150 PSI (your choice). 

All for $6,000.00 US or best reasonable offer, f.o.b. Strasburg, PA.

I can deliver the boiler to within a 400 mile radius of Strasburg, PA for $1.00 per mile, one way distance. I can ship it via motor freight to any US address for actual cost.

Contact: Kelly Anderson


Phone: +1 717-572-7076

For Sale

Castings for Anthony Bever Small Compound



Set of castings for Anthony Bever small compound: 2"+ 3 1/2" x2".

Stephenson's link reversing , boiler feed and vacuum pumps, six sheets of drawings. 

I purchased this set of castings in the mid '80s from Mr Bever but priorities changed. 

The photos show all that was supplied. Unpacked, the castings weigh 41kgs.  (photos to follow - sorry Ed.)

I live in Cork In the Republic of Ireland and am looking for £900 +p&p.

If interested, drop me a line and we can discuss or phone 00353 21 4347977 during working hours.

Contact: Mark Causer 


Phone (Ireland): +353 21 4347977

Available for Order

Taylor Engine Castings and Plans


The late C.H. Taylor made a number of successful engine designs to suit steam launches of up to about thirty feet.

The castings to build these engines were available from Mr Taylor, and are now available direct from the original foundry which holds the original patterns.

The most popular engines are:-

  • T.1. 2.5 x 2.5 single
  • T.J. 2.25 x 2.25 twin
  • T.2. 2.5 x 2.5 twin
  • T.C. 2.25 + 3.625 x 2.5 compound
  • T.G.1. 3.25 x 4.0 single
  • T.G.C. 2.75 + 4.5 x 4.0 compound
  • T.G.2. 3.25 x 4.0 twin

There were many variations of these; the smaller engines were variously supplied with lighter type bed plates or a heavier type with two bearings or three bearings.

The twin cylinder blocks could consist of a one piece casting with lugs for the columns, one piece casting without lugs etc. Some were built using two T.1. blocks.

Some people have built the single engine (T.1.) using the twin three bearing bed plate with the valve gear supported between the main bearings.

The larger engine (T.G. series) has been built with the stroke extended to 4.5 inches although the original design is 4.0 inches.

Both the T.2. series and the T.G.2. series were available with two or three bearing bed plates. Some cylinder blocks were without column lugs as the T.1. original drawings, in which case an entablature plate is needed.

Some patterns are not available at present particularly for the larger G series engines. There are also some eccentric strap patterns which are not yet identified.

Parts not listed can be made from continuous cast iron now readily available.

Fenland castings also cast in various non-ferrous metals, they should be contacted directly: - 

Telephone contact preferred: Mr Charles Tyers, Fenland castings

Details on the SBA website directory of suppliers.

Plans: It is well know that Mr Taylor’s drawings were open to interpretation and there are plenty about the SBA membership however John Maltby has made a complete set of detailed drawings for his version of the T.2. (12 sheets A3) these are available direct from him for £25.

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

Potential Steamboat Ready for Conversion


Australian Timpenny 670 trailer/sailer on break-back trailer.

Well equipped with outboard, sea anchor,spinnaker pole, good sails, pottie, nearly new rudder blade, buoyancy aids etc Ready to sail, easy to launch,sail and recover. 

Price: Asking £2000, part ex considered. 

Contact: Phil Webster 


Phone: 01986 893407

For Sale

Books for sale from the library of Tom Peebles (deceased)


Please send offers, in the first instance, to Roger Martin, the funds going to Tom's widow, Lynne.

Contact: Roger Martin


Tel: 0141 776 4430

(click images for larger view)

The Marine Steam Engine, R Sennett & H J Oram,

Eleventh Edition, August 1911, reprinted April 1913.

481 pages, many diagrams, graphs and tables.

Marine Boiler Management & Construction, C E Stromeyer,

Sixth Edition, 1924.

394 pages, many diagrams, graphs and tables.

Regulations for the examination of Engineers in the Merchant Navy

revised (1958) Edition, HMSO. 49 pages.

Steam Boats and Modern Steam Launches, a reproduction of a Magazine Published in 1961, 62, 63, in California, Edited by Bill Durham. About 630 pages – 3 volumes of 6 editions of the magazine.

Steamboating Guide, SBA, 1994

175 pages

Steamboats by M K Stammers, Shire Album 167. 1986.

31 pages, B & W photos.

Steamers of the Clyde, NB & LNER. Alistair Deayton, 2000.

127 pages, most with B & W photos.

Lakeland Pleasure Craft, Ken Davies,

70 pages, colour photographs.

Paddle Steamer machinery- a layman’s guide. R J Ramsay.

40 pages, many diagrams, plus insert ‘Down to see the Engines’ with drawings of PS Waverley engine layout and feathering paddle wheels.

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


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