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For Sale

Windermere Steam Launch Merganser


Built by boatbuilder Ian Cooper of
Windermere in 1981 for the English
Canal Historian Edward Paget-Tomlinson,
and fitted with machinery by Roger
Mallinson of Windermere (well known in
UK steamboating for his fine workmanship).

Hull 18' by 5'3" beam, clinker construction
in Columbian pine on oak with cedar seats
& transom.

Engine & Boiler (no longer fit for service
due to corrosion of steam drum) built &

installed by Roger Mallinson of Windermere, 1981. 

3-Drum coal-fired Blackstaffe-type water-tube boiler,

working pressure 120psi.

Stuart "Swan" engine (two cylinders 2 1/4" bore by 2" stroke") with enlarged bearings and geared-down feed pump.
Propeller 16" diameter by 20" pitch by Roger Mallinson, narrow-bladed steam type, 16" diameter by 20" pitch.
Merganser Runs non-condensing taking water from river/lake through feed filters and is fitted with an exhaust feed heater/silencer &
hand feed pump.

With fitted cover and 4-wheel trailer (needing service)

Price: £7,500

Peter Turvey

Tel 07428 628953  E

For Sale

SL Whisper


Frolic 18 GRP moulded Steam launch, with additional electric auxiliary drive.

Hull manufactured by Steam and Electric Launch Company, Wroxham approx 1983

Length 18ft                                                          

Tiller steering

Beam 4ft 9in                                                        

Deck and coaming re-varnished 2018

Draft approx. 2 ft                                                  

New Burgundy Cover 2019

Straight stem, Counter stern                                   

White gelcoat hull with varnished deck and interior

Trailer refurbished 2020                                         

Boat safety cert 2022

Engine- ‘V’ Twin slip eccentric reversing non condensing single crank based on Stuart 5A cylinders. Unknown manufacturer. Twin eccentric driven feedpumps via chain driven layshaft with Stephensons link stroke adjustment. Additional handpump refurbished 2018 by current owner.

Engine to propshaft coupling is via simple but robust ‘dog’ clutch which facilitates the option of using the electric auxiliary drive. The additional advantage of this clutch is that the steam engine can be run in ‘neutral’ for warming through etc. Changeover to the 2kW electric drive can be carried out in about 15 seconds! (on the move)

Boiler was originally built to SBAS WTB1 spec but new 150 psi pressure vessel with certified materials including Cupro Nickel tubes manufactured by current owner during 2019. New firebox, ashpan,  isolating valves and pipework under the administration of SBAS. Boiler certified  for use  Feb 2020. Supporting paperwork and boiler log available.


2 kW brushless electric motor drives propeller through 7.5/1 reduction unit discreetly hidden below rear floorboard. Power is provided by 22.5 lithium battery through a 2kW 3 phase controller which gives approx. 2-3 hours use. 5mph achieved with approx. 300 Watts! Battery condition is monitored using combined digital meter giving Amps, Volts, Watts and Watt-hrs The addition of the electric drive is very useful for manoeuvring the boat when there is no steam available.


Demonstration by arrangement on the Norfolk broads for which Whisper is currently registered . This vessel is 100% ready for immediate use.

Mooring warps, fenders, boat hook and various spares included in sale of ‘Whisper’ for which the owner is seeking offers in the region £7750

For further information please contact Duncan Selby on or 07884 264886 

For Sale

SL Arieees 5


It is with great sadness that the family of Bob McMillan have reluctantly taken the decision to sell Open Launch ‘Arieees 5’.

Originally launched in 1985 as Aries 5, an 18’ open launch using a ‘Frolic’ 18 class GRP hull, moulded in 1982 by Steam & Electric Launch Co. Wroxham.

LWL 16’; (in 1982)

beam 4’9”;

draught 2’;

straight stem, counter stern;

white with varnished deck and interior;

tiller steering

working pressure 120lbs / sq”

The Engine was built by Bob and John Carter, using castings from Phil Gibbons that were intended for an engine with Stevenson’s valve gear designed by CH Taylor. It is a compound with 2 cylinders 2 ¼” + 3 5/8“ x 2 ½” stroke; balanced slide valves. Hackworth gear, on 6 turned columns. Gear-driven 3:1 reduction. Scotch crank fuel pump. High pressure cross-head driven Edwards air pump, Keel condenser, 560 rpm max.

1994 Decision to improve performance and stability and to allow two people to camp aboard. Hull cut in half and a 6’ section added in the middle two more ee’s added to the name. Re-launched 1995 as ARIEEES 5.

A new pressure vessel was purchased in 1993/4 from Historic Steam Ltd (Kew Bridge Steam Museum). Built under supervision of the designer, subjected to hydraulic test on assembly prior to acceptance by Bob. Put into service in new stainless steel casing in 1997. Side wheel steering was installed to enable single handed boating.

Last boiler inspection June 2011. The boat was mothballed in 2012 when Bob’s Alzheimer’s meant he could no longer enjoy boating safely. The engine and boiler have been stored in his workshop in the house and the hull has been well protected from the weather.

If you are interested please let us know if you would like to see it fully assembled. We are looking for offers in the region of £10,000. Contact

For Sale

Steam Narrow boat - 'Confidence'


New boat built by present owner with no expense spared. Keel laid 2014, now afloat at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. 65ft long with aft engine/boiler room.

Forward accommodation not yet fully fitted out so can be completed to new owners own specification.

Coal fired boiler by Steamwell Boilers of Chew Stoke – new ‘ticket’ issued June 2019. Electric and engine driven feed pumps. Inboard condenser.

Engine: totally enclosed single cylinder with full ‘bridge’ control, large flywheel, hydraulic 2:1 reduction/reversing to prop, forced lubrication system.

Electric Bow and Stern Thrusters fitted along with large battery capacity and solar or shore charging (Victron system – the best!)

Powerful Bow and Stern Winches plus anchor. BMW auxiliary power plant in foc’sle.

Vyair Water maker (Reverse Osmosis).

Reluctantly being sold due to present owners other projects, costs to date in excess of £94k – open to offers!

Please contact Frank Huxley 07487647717 or for more information or to arrange viewing..

For Sale

SL Bitterling (Glyn Lancaster-Jones)


Recently refurbished 16ft 6in Glyn Lancaster Steam Launch on Bespoke Trailer

Lune Valley 2 drum water tube boiler for Coal or Wood, rated 120 psi and 1 1/2 square foot grate.

Double Acting twin cylinder Steam Engine producing 4 HP at 750 rpm driving a 3 Bladed Bronze Propeller and Belt driven Feed and Vacuum Pumps. 

Complete with Anchors, Fenders, Boat Hook, Flags, etc.

The boat last had a boiler inspection in 2017 and has been dry stored ever since. It is anticipated that the boiler will be re-certified this year.

The boat is located at New Milton between Lymington and Christchurch in Hampshire.

For Sale £7,500

Contact  John Sharpe   Tel 01425615588


For Sale

Vintage Paddle Steamer



The paddle steamer “Tudor Vladimirescu” Is the oldest ship of its kind that is still operational, as well as the oldest steamer in the world The vessel is currently owned by Romanian River Shipping Company Navrom S.A . Galati, part of TTS Group


  • Built in 1854
  • 1850: DDSG (Donaudampfschiffe Gesellschaft) ordered the vessel from GanzDanubius Shipyard Budapest
  • 1854 – DDSG took delivery of “Croatia” paddle steamer tug
  • 1919: the Romanian Company “Navigatia Fluviala Romana” bought the tug and transformed it in a passenger ship, naming it “Sarmisegetuza”
  • 1923: The vessel’s name was changed to “Grigore Manu” , as a homage to the man who dedicated his life to the Romanian navigation services development
  • After World War II the name was changed to “Tudor Vladimirescu”, hero of the nation who led the revolution for Romanian’s independence against the Ottomans in 1821
  • 1954: Complete Revision in Orsova Shipyard. Superstructure and interior were modernized, while keeping the engines, paddles and hull
  • 2003: Hull repairs in Braila Shipyard, while Navrom carried on several works to the superstructure and other arrangements

  • WIDTH 14,40 METERS
  • CREW OF 8

Now reluctantly up for sale, lying in Romania (Danube). No reasonable offer refused and early inspection is invited by prior arrangement.

Please contact UK Agent Stuart Jupp via:

Contact: Stuart Jupp

Phone: 07771 904 049


For Sale

Paddle Steamer Walkin' Belle


The late David King, of Suffield, Norfolk, was a much respected and internationally known 'man of steam' whose distinctive products included launch boilers and sets of castings for single cylinder launch engines, complete 10.25" gauge steam locomotives, possibly more than one steam car and a number of interesting paddle launches.

He built at least two unique stern wheelers and this side wheel steamer, all with machinery inspired by traditional American practice. 'Walkin' Belle', built 1994-97, has a 'walking beam' engine fitted into an aluminium hull and was last steamed by current owner Howard Bentham in March 2015.

Hull: an ex-MoD 1950s riveted aluminium unit, 176" long, 66" beam. It has twin rudders, wheel steering and removable paddle boxes and paddles, which stow in the hull for towing.

Boiler: is a coal-fired, finned-drum horizontal boiler 10" diameter by 20" long. It runs at 80 psi. David

developed these finned boilers after many years of producing his well-known 'Newton Coil' type. They are effective steam raisers and he used one in his Austin 7-based steam car. 

Auxiliaries: There is an injector, a 10 watt steam generator and a steam kettle.

Engine:  a non-condensing double beam built to David King's own design and running at approx. 45 rpm.

Trailer etc.: She is on a 'Freewheel UK' twin axle galvanised trailer and is being sold with an extensive collection of tools specific to her engine, a log of every occasion when steamed, a full length canvas cover, life jackets etc.; and there are two old style video tapes of its construction.

The original owner reported that the cost of the engine alone was in excess of £20,000.

Howard says: "I acquired 'Walkin' Belle' from the Wallace - . - family. I recommissioned her and used her extensively on the River Weaver, until the launch site in Northwich closed".

"Since 2015 she has been laid up under cover with an electric heater in the firebox. She's not beautiful nor fast, but she is enormous fun, and unique. The engine, with its beams, connecting rods and shaft is a mechanical delight. I have greatly enjoyed owning and using 'Walkin' Belle', but now no longer have the time to give her the exercise and attention she deserves".

Price: Sensible Offers over £3,500 considered.

Contact: Howard Bentham. (Antrobus, Cheshire)

Telephone: 01606 891846

Email: howard.bentham©

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: € 45,000 (reduced price)

Contact: Tjaard Schudde Kampen/Netherlands

email address:




For Sale

Complete steam plant


Now open to offers!

The worst fear of any new steamboat owner is that the boiler they have just purchased immediately fails its hydraulic test. Hopefully my loss will be someone else’s gain!

The water drums on the yarrow boiler have some deep pitting, although I was advised they are good for another 10 years. However, during the hydraulic test, about half-a-dozen of the copper water tubes leaked where they are expanded into the steam and water drums. (The water tubes are in good condition). I have all the original tooling / jigs used to drill the water drums, and expand the water tubes into them. All the design paperwork for the boiler is complete, as are the records. A comprehensive set of illustrated operating instructions for the engine and boiler are also present.

Alas, I lack the skills and resources to rebuild the boiler. A new set of water tubes in copper / nickel alloy come to around £500. The new water drums will be <£200. The steam drum, end caps, bolts and pipework are all in very good condition. The estimated professional cost to rebuild the boiler is in the region of £1200 -  £1500.

The engine and fittings are in very good condition and beautifully made. The engine turns over on around 7psi of compressed air. Everything is included in this sale; hot well, condenser etc. I will also sell the new owner as much coal, steam oil and water treatment as they want, at cost.


Yarrow type 3 drum WT.

Built 1991 by J. Murray.

Fuel: Coal

Pressure: 150 psi

Grate: 1.3 sqft

Output: 150 lbs/hr

Design: J Murray. Drums 6”, water tubes 0.5” dia. (complete design specs included)

W. kettle

Teak casing


Twin 2.25” + 2.25” x 3”

Built: 1991 by K. Hutchinson

Design: K. Hutchinson

RPM: 450

IHP: 5

Valve(s): SV

Gear: SLRG

Pumps: Ecc driven, hand

Keel condenser

Asking price: Offers in the region of £4800. I can deliver to England and Wales at cost. (when we’re allowed to!)

Contact Graeme on 07999449173, email:





For Sale

Air dried American Ash - ideal for gratings


American ash (white hardwood) ideal for making colour contrasting gratings for your launch. All the materials are air dried, planed and the sizes given are actual not nominal. NOTE: The completed grating is shown for illustration only. It is not included in the sale.

Framing – 2” X 1”

1 piece at 2.7m

Longitudinals – 1” X 1”

2 pieces at 3.0m

1 piece at 1.8m

Horizontals – 1” X 1/2”

2 piece at 3.3m

2 pieces at 3.0m

1 piece at 2.7m

1 piece at 2.5m

1 piece at 2.4m

1 piece at 2.0m

1 piece at 1.8m

Bonus inclusion – Mahogany type sawn timber (probably Sapele but I cannot find the spec). Very tough but with a lovely consistent colour.

1 1/2” X 1 1/8” - 1 piece at 4.2m

1 piece at 3.6m

1 1/8” X 7/16” - 1 piece at 2.9m

3 ¾ X 1 1/8” - 1 piece at 1.3m

The whole package for £80. Currently located in South Cheshire 1 mile from J17 on the M6.

Pete Cuthbert 01270 765 837

For Sale Around the Globe

By way of an experiment we are going to list some of the 'For Sale' sections of other steamboating associations or possibly individual adverts that might be of interest to members.  Be aware that the SBA makes no warranties about these adverts.  They are simply shown as found and interested parties should undertake their own 'due diligence'. Do be aware that anything being imported into the UK may be subject to import duties so research into the likely costs of that is advised.

* Simson Strickland complete steam plant -$15,000 + packing + shipping

Location - Washington State, USA


This site has a wide range of other steam related stuff.

(Advert accessed and displaying at 17 May 2020)

* Mills/Beaumaris Compound Launch Engine, 2 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 4 $11,000

+ packing + Shipping.  Location - Virginia, USA.


This site has a wide range of other steam related stuff.

(Advert accessed and displaying at 17 May 2020)

* Bolton 17 single cylinder launch engine, Stevensen link reversing, never used with steam - $2,800

Location - McLean Area, NSW, Australia.


This site has a wide range of other steam related stuff.

(Advert accessed and displaying at 17 May 2020)


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