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Adverts last modified: 17th May 2022

   For Sale

Simpson Strickland VFT boiler


17th May 2022

Sam Noble, a remarkable engineer from Northern Ireland, died in 2020 and various items from his workshop are now being sold by his family.

Available here is a Simpson Strickland vertical fire tube boiler in generally complete but externally corroded condition. There is a possibility that it is salvageable but we have no idea what’s going on inside!

Back in 1985 it was a TV star and very well worth watching is the mid-section segment of a Northern Irish TV programme called ‘Ye Tell Me That’ on YouTube [] in which Sam is seen with this boiler in steam, before he scares the presenter half to death by running up a small aircraft jet engine in his barn… The segment also briefly shows the works plate of the boiler and, although the footage is dark, it looks to be a classic SS patent submerged tube plate vertical fire tube type from ca.1900.

So we asked for more pictures, and they’re shown here. It hasn’t been tested or assessed in any way for many years and may or may not be in a condition to be rescued, although Mr Noble undoubtedly would have looked after it with care, and it was ticketed in the 1980s. However its SS lineage is such that we feel it reasonable to suggest it be offered for sale at a nominal £100 – of course with the buyer to arrange collection from NI.

Take a look at the pictures. It’s all there, but the funnel seems to be inverted for storage – probably to protect that shapely spun brass top.


Further details from: heathermullan19 at gmail dot com

   For Sale

4"+ 8" x 5"  Savery compound launch engine

4th May 2022

This 1911 engine is fully restored It was sold by the Lune Valley Engineering Company and was one of the few with a full set of bronze gear driven pumps including a compressor for oil fuel delivery.

£18,000 delivered  (in the UK)

All enquiries to:  Reg Dean

coalburner at btinternet dot com

   For Sale

Anthony Beaver Compound Steam launch engine.

03 April 2022

Anthony Beaver designed compound launch engine 2 1/8 + 3 1/2 x 2 inch stroke, ideal engine for an 18 foot boat. (Frolic 18 or similar)

Engine newly built in 2019 and lightly used. Built from many original Anthony Beaver parts, with a one piece ground cast Crankshaft (not glued), Stephenson’s link reversing with selection lever, Multi point pumped and gravity oiling system, Central controlled cylinder drains, Vacuum/Air pump and Simpling valve for starting.

Collection only from SL8 5HR. Can be seen running on Compressed Air.

Price. £2950.

For more information please contact Andrew Hopper 0780 3080301.

   For Sale

1924 J.W.Brooke 3 cylinder petrol engine

8th March 2022

Petagin’ (See Boats for Sale) was originally built as ‘Pet’ in 1924. She was powered by a J.W.Brooke 3 cylinder petrol engine type 14/23 no.4090 (14HP), which was built with and still has the working Simms impulse magneto.

Price: By negotiation.

Please contact Richard Bartrop:

Home: 0115 9282751. Mob: 07772645346

email: richardbartrop at btinternet dot com


   For Sale

Mumford single cylinder circulating      pump engine converted to launch engine with SLRG


  7th June 2021