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It is with a heavy heart that I have decided that my much loved Steam Launch will shortly be looking for a new owner.
The new owner must be someone who can lavish the attention and use that she rightly deserves!
Sans-Son has given us unbelievable pleasure and has been greatly admired for her classic looks on her voyages.
We have used her all over the UK, especially on the Thames and have also travelled to France and Ireland’s wonderful waterways.
The saloon offers shelter from our unreliable weather and cosy overnight accommodation for 2 in comfort. The 2 side bench seats allow seating for 6 and at night convert to a king size bed. There is a gas cooker/oven, fridge, sink with pumped cold water and storage for cutlery, bottles, crockery/glasses and provisions. A separate toilet compartment with electric portapotti and a hand basin is also a comfort!
Under the seats are storage drawers for clothing and bedding and pillows are stored behind the seat backs.
The saloon is fully curtained offering privacy and there are numerous lights in the ceiling and above the bed.
The launch is driven by a Twin High Pressure engine built by a first class engineer, Alan Howarth, the engine has been heavily modified and extended in height to give less angularity in the Stephensons link Gear and has been built with a stainless steel crankshaft turned from one
billet of steel, the columns, con rods and linkage are also stainless ensuring an easily cleaned and corrosion free plant.
The boiler is a side fired loco type designed by Brian Smith and is master of the engine. The engine can be run as puffing or condensing and has steam lubrication, mechanical lubrication multi pumps, a Hypro boiler feed pump driven from the prop shaft and an Injector together with a hand pump.
Storage under the driver and navigator seats house the hot well and the electrics including 2 x 110ah traction batteries to power the lights and instruments and fridge.
Instruments include steam pressure gauge, vacuum gauge, boiler feed pump gauge and an electronic multi gauge to show speed, distance, water depth etc.
The front lockers house the fenders, anchor and chain, windlass, paddles, warps, life jackets, solar panel, etc
In the bow is the propane gas bottle and storage for kindling, side cubbies store the headlight, shore charging cable, mooring spikes etc. There is even a pull out drawer table for those evening drinks.
The cockpit has an easily erected canopy complete with roll down windows to protect the driver against the elements, there are also opaque inner curtains for privacy at night. In transport there a separate travelling canopy which encloses the whole front cockpit of the boat. The launch is easily towed on its purpose built galvanised 4 wheel trailer and this is complete with spare wheel and a fitted tool box with jack and wheel brace and extension launching tow bar.
There is an easily attached electric drive motor that fits to the rudder to enable a short cruise to a remote mooring without the need to raise steam. This is fitted with a quick release clamp to remove the motor at the mooring.
The launch is dry stored between outings, has a current boiler certificate, an extensive operating manual and numerous tools and spares. There are numerous photographs of the launch on the SBA Index.
I am aware of similar launches commanding very high prices but would be pleased to hear of serious offers in excess of £40k.
John Gibbs, Enfield, UK. email@example.com Tel. 44 208 3027
A stunning 29’6” Thames canoe built by Harry Chapman at Hobbs of Henley in 1920 and completely rebuilt with new longitudinal/diagonal mahogany planked hull. Very strong and light with fine lines and a part tunnel stern. Known history, TVBC dated information file and half model. Substantially complete, propeller shaft fitted, needs work on rudder., Original steering gear refurbished with new wheel.
Ready for fitting out and final varnishing.
Comes with a new R.M Trailer built for the boat with drop stern bunks to give full support
Available to purchaser is a new Gordon Cheape triple expansion engine and side fired locomotive type boiler. The engine is 2½” + 3½” + 5” x 3” and is complete except for lubricator, running on air. Also included most fittings and pipe work to complete the installation.
For Sale, currently steaming the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, south Wales.
Launch: 27' LOA, Beam: 5'2" Draft: 21" 116 year old Naval Pinnace, believed to have been converted for Lord Montague. Teak on oak ribs. Generally in sound condition with much new wood, particularly the top gunwales and rubbing strakes. Mahogany aft day cabin. Hull possibly by Simpson Strickland and Co Ltd. Straight stem and lovely counter stern, varnished. Wheel and tiller steering. Hull restored and plant fitted by L. D. Goldsmith in 1960’s. 1981 to J. Pownall, reconditioned by Tom Trevethick, Nottingham. 2011 restored by Beacon Park Boats.
Engine: Built c1886 by Simpson & Denison, Dartmouth, Kingdon patent 2 crank double tandem comp, 1 1/2" + 1 1/2"+3"+3" X 3", sv, SLRG, Xhead driven air and feed pumps, keel condenser.
Boiler: David Beale design fitted in 1997, build by Precision Steam, Tiverton. Very economical, easy to light and very quite to steam, cold to steam in under 40 minutes on coal and wood.
Prop: 3 blades 17" dia.
Trailer: twin axial, braked trailer with support pads designed for Bramble
Regularly in steam, and all in very workable condition, an easy boat to steam and handle.
Contact: Alasdair Kirkpatrick 07770 272593 or 01873 858277
Price: £27,500 ono.
An SBA member is seeking the right boat!
Christopher Way is an experienced steam man and he’s looking for a small traditional steamboat (along the lines of ‘Billow’) but not with a strip plank or plywood hull.. He’s also after a Southworth feed pump. ‘A confidential cash transaction is assured’. Contact him on 07860 158164
Steam Saloon Launch, Lady Constance
This beautiful steam boat was built to the Athena Class design of 1914 (modified) by Glyn Lancaster Jones between 2004-06 and measures 26'4" in length with a beam of 5'6" and a draft of 1'6" and displacing 1250kg. Constructed using marine ply and epoxy, diagonally opposed with three layers on the bottom and two layers on the sides. There is an aft saloon with space for six. Steering is by a Shilling rudder and a narrow bladed prop. The engine (compound) was built in 2004 by Sam Wilkinson and is of the Slavery design, with valve(s), sv, pumps: fp, ap, condenser (20' vacuum). No23. 6hp @ 600rpm. The boiler is a Lune Valley type 2-drum built in 2003 by G.L. Jones. The Craft is fuelled by 150psi modified GLJ/Wilkinson/Haas, No9, 4-jet vaporising burner using pressurised 28sec Kerosene heating oil.
Lady Constance is now in need of a new home so that she can be enjoyed on the water rather than in a collection where she is currently situated. The owner is looking for £39,500 ovno. Should you be interested in viewing the boat and for further information please contact Tony Wilde on 07500 445323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Passenger Steam Launch “Gallant”
Steam Launch “Gallant” has been operating successfully as a trip boat on the River Fowey in Cornwall for the past 26 years and is now for sale, owner retiring.
The “Gallant” measures 30 ft by 6’10” by 2’6”, Carville Construction, larch on sawn oak frames, iroko decks, 10 HP Semple V-twin engine, water tube coal-fired boiler.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a fully operational and licensed passenger boat, which can operate on narrow canals and open water.
Truslove single cylinder pump engine –originally drove a centrifugal pump. This is a 2 1/2" x 2", very robustly built little four-column engine with large bearing surfaces. It is, of course, unidirectional, but reversing gear or a slip eccentric could be easily added. It almost certainly came from the engine room of ‘Bonnie Kate’ a 52' HSL of 1942 £750 ono
Stuart Turner 'S' fully enclosed high speed single cylinder steam engine designed for generator use. This is the slide valve version – generally considered superior to the piston valved version - and it is complete with governor. It is rated as 1-1.5hp at 1000 rpm. 22” high with a 10” flywheel. Circa 1942 £1000 ono
Believed to be built by J. J. Seekings & Co of Gloucester in 1888 or thereabouts. Seekings were taken over by Sissons in 1889. Only one other Seekings engine is known to exist. The engine was originally built for a gentleman’s Thames yacht, but its exact history thereafter is rather unknown. It ended up in a scrapyard at some time in the 1960’s and was later restored and fitted to a Foden steam wagon as the winch engine. I purchased it as a working engine for fitting to my narrowboat, but never got around to doing so. The twin simple engine, 4⅝” + 4⅝” x 5½” stroke, is fitted with SLRG. It is large and heavy, standing 36½” high, the bedplate is approximately 17” x 23½”. It rotates freely with no apparent bearing wear and inspection of the bores shows these are in good order. Sold as seen.
Cyril Taylor 3 1/4 X 4 inch twin, built by Tony Dunn. The engine is fitted with a ten point lubrication system with a Coulthard pump. The engine also has two cylinder lubricators. A Hypro feed pump and lay shaft with pulley wheel and alternator is included.
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.
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.
Weir Junior steam feed pump, 2 1/2” bore x 4 1/2” stroke , 26" length overall. These excellent little pumps are sought after and are now really quite rare. Although unused for many years it has been kept dry throughout. £850
URGENT- gunmetal gauge glass fitting complete, must be Klinger packed cock type, must be 3/4 BSP threads, 3/4 glass or reflex. Have you got one you bought and realised it was too big? now's your chance!
I have 2 Nabic 3/4" Safety Valves for sale if anyone interested. Happy to sell them singly. Both about 20 years old and (roughly) set for 125 psi. I think the existing springs, which are in fair condition, would be ok in the range 100 to 150 psi; outside that new ones can be got from Nabic. They are of the 'high lift' type and are ex 'Adamant'.
Sensible offers please as they are about £200 new from Heritage Steam Supplies
Steam Powered Water Pump
For Sale: Combined Steam Powered Water Pump, excellent condition with displacement lubricator fitted.
Steam cylinder 1.5” bore x 1.5” stroke.
Water pump direct driven by common crosshead, 9/16” bore x 1.5” stroke.
Mounted on cast frame that can be fitted vertically or horizontally with ease. Overall height (or length) 15”. If mounted vertically an extra 1” is needed to accommodate the water supply union. Overall width 5”.
Derek Cobby (Northampton area) delivery free. Contact by phone or text only on 07932 752774
The Steam Launch Book
The Steam Launch' by Richard M Mitchell. It is in excellent condition. Buyer collects or pays postage. Price: £30.
Phone: Everett Leeds on 01737 247399
Boat building jigs
Boat building jigs for Selway Fisher 'Isjell' launch hull for strip plank construction. Forms, legs and bolts only - note no strongback. Could be cut down to make formers for a smaller launch if required.
I bought these second hand to build my own launch but ran out of time and cash. Items are currently in store in my Sister's barn in West Worcestershire. Buyer to collect please.