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SL Thunderchild (Frolic 21)
14th November 2023
'Thunderchild' is a Frolic 21-foot Steam Launch. Built by The Steam and Electric Launch Company, Loddon, Norfolk. She has a black GRP counter stern hull with wheel and tiller steering. She has a canopy and teak decking and has seating capacity for 8 passengers. Power is supplied from a coal fired Langley Engineering Kingdom type VFT boiler to a Stuart Turner 6A compound engine built by Porter Engineering.
Comes complete with seat cushions, canvas side covers and a road transport trailer. See the Steam Boat Register for all details.
She was in full working order until unfortunately she had to be put into storage due to my late father's ill health.
A very worthwhile project that will need recommissioning having sat for a few years.
Available to view by appointment (in Essex)
£12,000 (open to sensible offers)
Contact Stuart Nightingale
01245 450953 after 6pm please.
Former passenger launch Britannia
8th October 2023
Britannia was built by Salters steamers of Oxford for use on the river at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1906, she has been in the same ownership for 117 years. The black and white photo's were all taken outside our boathouse in various stages in her career.
'Britannia' was commissioned by Albert Rose in 1906 from Salters Steamers of Oxford and built to be narrow enough to bring up through the canals to Stratford-upon-Avon. She has been operated as a passenger vessel all of her life, with a licence to carry 36 passengers, although she once carried 43. She was withdrawn from service in 2010 and has been in store for the last 13 years. The boat was retired by the MCA as the shell plating was determined to be too thin, (generally 3.5mm, with a range of 4.2mm to 2.9mm, the ultrasonic report is available).
42ft long by 7ft beam by 1ft 8in draft shallow round bilged hull with vertical stem and semi-circular stern, built of flush riveted steel. The hull is open and divided into three compartments by plate steel bulkheads. A corroded sheer was cut away in 1989 and a new continuous strip approximately 110mm deep welded all round the hull. Varnished teak decks, bulwarks and seats. The boat has a 10ft 4in long forward compartment followed by a very large 7ft 6in long engine bay which contained her original steam engine and boiler. The aft compartment is 16ft 3in long. The fore and aft compartments have bench seating all around. She is currently powered by a BMC 1500 diesel engine, still fitted. The boat has a full length canvas canopy on a steel tube clamp framework. The boat may require some work, including servicing and re-commissioning the engine, depending on the use you may wish to put her to. We believe that we have most he parts to complete the vessel, but there may be some items that are lost or missing.
We have been loathe to dispose of her because of our history with the boat, and had hoped we would find a use for her, perhaps as a 12 seat small passenger boat. We have now decided we should look for a new home for the vessel with someone who can use her.
Contact: Nick Birch or Ed Rose at Avon Boating Ltd in Stratford-upon-Avon for further details on
Phone: 07779008390 or nick dot b at avon-boating dot co dot uk
The boat is not at our boathouse but in storage, available to view by appointment.
We are open to very reasonable offers.
SL Little Radnor
29th September 2023
Little Radnor is a fascinating recently built steel narrow-boat style steam dayboat.
'Little Radnor' has a professionally built 25 foot long steel hull fitted as narrow day boat built in 2020. She has a built in water tank and coal bunker, a tall version of the VFT26 coal fired boiler built by TRS boiler makers in 2015, boiler pressure is 140psi, usual valves whistle , injector, hydro and engine mounted feed pumps. The engine is a single cylinder approximately 5inch bore 6 inch stroke build by Holmes’s of Hull, Stephensons reversing gear with double ported matchbox slide valve . The engine drives through a Fenner gearbox to a 17x17 bronze propellor.
Sensible and reasonable offers please:
14th September 2023
12 foot steam launch. Dinghy. Construction: GRP. Built 1960 LOA: 11' 0", LWL: 10' 6", Beam: 4' 6", Draft: 2' 0". Transom stern, tiller steering. 3 mph. 4 seats
Vertical fire tube boiler, coal fired. Pressure: 80 psi, 10" dia x 2' high, grate 8" dia, engine driven pump, whistle. Boiler certificate until August 2024
Single cylinder Stuart Turner 5A engine. SLRG valve gear. Power: 1 1/2 HP
Prop: 3 blades, 10" X 14" Shaft: 3/4" steel
Reliable starter boat.
Complete with 2 wheel trailer with spare wheel.
Only for sale as larger launch purchased.
For more information see the steam boat register.
Contact Chris Rolph
nrolp100 at outlook dot com
11th June 2023
Snipe is an unusual but classically styled launch and was winner of Pods Pot and Committee Trophies 2022.
Canoe. Construction: Marine plywood on wood frames. Hull designed by owner at Hampton in 2020
LOA: 17' 0", LWL: 16' 10", Beam: 3' 3", Draft: 1' 4", Displacement: 176 lbs (80kg).
Monotube Designed by John Emmett,
Plant quickly removable from hull. 30kg total plant weight.
Boiler cert until 2026.
Single, double acting. 1 1/2" X 1 5/8"
Brass, 2 blades, Right Hand, 12" X 12"
The story of the creation of Snipe is reported in the Mono-Tubes website.
Complete with trailer and waterproof cover
Email: je at bpr dot org dot uk
SL Lady Paula
16th April 2023
Lady Paula is reluctantly for sale. During the 5 years of renovation all the original mechanical parts have ben replaced apart from the prop-shaft and stern tube. She is now complete and ready to be launched but circumstances and age necessitates the sale.
Hull - Frolic 18 built 1987. GRP hull, fitted out in solid mahogany, all varnish work in good order.
Boiler - Monotube design fired by a Riello burner running paraffin. Electronic control system maintains pressure at around 150 PSI There is quite a detailed article on this boiler in the latest issue of The Funnel (#196) page 52-55.
Engine - Steam/electric hybrid, Triple Expansion 1¾ + 3 + 4½ X 3 Piston valves on HP & IP, slide valve on LP. Stevenson reversing gear. The exhaust is fed through a separator and condenser to a scavenge pump and discharged overboard.
Extensive use of aluminium results in light weight. Sealed ball races are used throughout so engine remains clean, a large catch tank collects all oil/water from valves during warm-up so bilges remain clean and dry. Drip trays collect any leakage from glands This engine has been under development for the last 5 years and now runs well off load. Some adjustment to the valve timing will be required to make efficient running when loaded.
2 X 1Kw 48V DC motors are also available coupled to the prop shaft, running from 4 X 12V leisure batteries. There is a system of clutches to enable the motors to slowly rotate the steam engine during warm-up which is very useful.
Propeller - Bronze, 3 blades, Left Hand, 14" X 20", Shaft: 7/8" 316. 1:2 step-up drive from engine as there is no room for larger prop.
The canopy is supported by an aluminium tube frame which fits into sockets with quick release fittings, the funnel is also easily removable for storage.
Trailer, new 2017 designed for the hull with break-back draw bar, winch and rollers for easy launch and recovery.
Price: £20,000 but sensible offers will be considered.
15’ Steam Launch
7th December 2022
A non-member has written to us asking if we can help sell his Dad’s steamboat. The hull is no 9 of the 'Limited Edition' Gibbs & Thurston 15’ x 5’ fantail GRP hull fitted out in mahogany to a high standard. It’s very nicely finished in Burgundy with a ‘Regatta’ single cylinder engine and a Blackstaffe-style boiler which appears to be coal fired, with high-quality fittings. The boat sits on a single-single axle trailer and is based in the North West, has been carefully dry-stored and has not been steamed for some years.
The seller, Chris Lucketti, says it’s ‘immaculate’ and the pictures bear that out.
Chris wishes to sell her for £12,500
Contact 07984 585043
For Sale (Price reduction)
15th July 2022
Regrettably, due to ill health, John Whittaker is selling his legendary steam cabin launch ‘Moondance’.
He is open to offers in the region £42K
For lots more information, including videos, go to www.steamboatjohnny.co.uk. ‘Moondance’ is extremely reliable, well-travelled and a greatperformer, fitted with a large Taylor single and a vertical firetube boiler. Full details of her steam plant and equipment can be found under 'Technical' in the Steamboat Register entry here: https://steamboat.org.uk/user.php?id=62100
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