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Adverts last modified: 18th December 2017




For Sale

30' Steam Canoe 'Ceome'


A once in a lifetime offer

Hugh Mothersole advises that although poised to offer this superb canoe for electric conversion and sell the new triple expansion engine and side-fired locomotive boiler separately, he is keen to make a last offer born out of a preference to see her fitted out as a fast, efficient and supremely elegant steam canoe...

The Offer: Would anyone like to buy the rebuilt 'Ceome', her new RM twin-axle trailer, engine and boiler for £20,000 

This is the price of the boiler, engine and trailer - the boat effectively comes free! 

The boat is currently lying in Suffolk.

Contact: Hugh Mothersole: Tel: 01787 222211, email:

For Sale

Steam Launch Amaryllis II


This very fine and well-known steam launch is offered for sale by William Fuller who says: 

" 'Amaryllis' was conceived with the enthusiastic help of eminent engineer, Alex Ritchie. One of its 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. She fully fulfilled all my expectations: a pleasure to operate and watch, with enough space to enable comfortable cruising on the Broads as well as other inland waterways."

Built in 1995 and commissioned 2002 she is 30ft LOA with a beam of 6ft 6” and a draft of 3ft 6” draft and 6ft 6” air draft. 

Her weight is 4.25tons. (Feed Water capacity 113 litres / Fuel Capacity 100 litres). Hull is of Iroko planking on oak timbers LIFU type 25hp triple expansion engine giving a max speed of 7 knots She will be sold with a spare set of boiler tubes for her oil-fired WT boiler. 'Amaryllis II' is currently moored in a private boat shed but a three-axle road trailer is available by separate negotiation.

Hull: The hull was built by the International Boatbuilding Training Company in 1995 and was drawn by Paul Fisher after a Dixon Kemp design, as described and illustrated in his famous book Naval Architecture (1895 edition), and endorsed by the authority on D-K, John Leather. 

'Amaryllis II' was built to a very high standard using iroko planking on oak timbers, fastened throughout with copper and silicon bronze, and finished with teak decking, joinery and saloon. She has outside seating for eight guests in comfort using the forward and aft cockpits. The saloon provides additional seating for four people around the table.

Machinery: The engine was completed in 2002 with machining by RAM Engineering of Debden Green, Essex, and the project was overseen by two other distinguished engineers, Peter Frost and Hugh Mothersole. 

'Amaryllis II' is quiet, economical and remarkably manoeuvrable. Her 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 her 240 volt oil burner by NuWay is automatically pressure regulated to maintain a working pressure of 265-275 psi.

The burner 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 feedwater passes through a four-stage filter system in the 12 gallon hotwell.

Enquiries are invited for her with offers in the region of £80,000 to include a full set of spare boiler tubes and other items.

A six-wheeled 5 tonne capacity galvanised road trailer, tailor-made specifically for her by RM Trailers, is available by separate negotiation.

Contact: William Fuller, telephone: 01502 722657 email:

For Sale

Steam Launch Suilven & Towcar



This well known launch built originally 1992 to very high standard by Geoff Newton is reluctantly for sale due to other commitments. The sale will include the trailer and towing vehicle.

Hull: Suilven is 25' 7" L.O.A. 5' 6" beam, strip plank cedar construction with mahogany veneer. 

Engine: Leak compound, fully condensing with crosshead driven vacuum pump.

Boiler: V.F.T. Steel, coal fired, maker Franklin & Bell 1999. re-tubed by TRS 2015, shaft driven feed pump, plus injector and hand pump the latter configured to draw from both hotwell and storage tank. 

Fit-out & Maintenance: A Windermere kettle is fitted. New stainless steel hotwell tank fitted 2015. New stainless steel water storage tank fitted under for'd thwart 2015. Engine out stripped down and bearings checked 2016. Rudder down, stock out, prop shaft out all bushes checked in good condition 2016. Full set of new seat cushions made 2017 used only once.

A long shaft Seagull outboard is carried as a back up, never required but tested satisfactorily. Engine electronically balanced. (see this edition funnel). Suilven is garaged over winter with boiler drained vented and heated to prevent condensation.

Suilven will be sold complete with fold up table, lifejackets, cordage, fenders, sidescreens, travelling cover, portable for'd tent arrangement and pieces of hardware enabling the the aft section to be converted into a comfortable sleeping area and the fwd section into a separate seating area when moored up overnight.

Trailer & Tow Vehicle: Suilven is complete with an Indespension four wheel braked trailer bearings renewed 2 years ago.

Towing vehicle is a BMW X5 30D automatic gearbox. Manufacturer fitted towing ball and electrics, the car is a 53 registration, Mot until September 2018 regularly maintained and oil changed every 10,000 miles. Mileage 152,000, fuel consumption 30.7 mpg local running 39 mpg motorway cruising, 23 mpg towing.

Price:   offers.

Contact:  John Hendry 


Telephone: 01324 877544

For Sale

Motor Launch Haida


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 £12,000 ono. 

Contact:  Peter Brennan on or 

Telephone on 01474 707534

For Sale

Launch Symphony


An exquisite steam launch hull, built to the highest standards. 

It is with great regret that I have decided to part with the boat I lavished so much care and attention on building, but due to my advancing years it is better that a new owner should appreciate its design, quality and ease of operation. Originally the launch was to be steam powered. The internal construction is designed to take steam power; however, during the build I decided to change to diesel, and the launch has only been operated for 32 hours as shown on the engine recorder.' 

Hull: 28 feet x 6.5 feet beam. Laminated structure consisting of 16mm cedar, two layers of glass fibre, then finished in 10mm of Brazilian mahogany. A GRP layer is also added to the interior upon which all structure is fastened by epoxy and glasscloth. It is of a typical counter stern design and follows that used on the launch Phil Moore's 'Garlandene'. The interior is constructed on profiled floor beams, topped by 12 mm ply and finished in Brazilian mahogany, all wood being first treated with a low viscosity epoxy coating, sanding and numerous coats of Epifanes full gloss varnish. 

Fit Out: The floor gratings are in 20 mm Iroko, finished in teak oil. All are removable as are the ply floor panels. The engine cover is hinged to reveal all for maintenance. Steering is by dual bronze and mahogany wheels connected by stainless wire cables to a stern quadrant. Either wheel can be deactivated (very useful when juniors wish to steer the vessel). The rudder stock is stainless, as is the rudder - which is also clad in wood and epoxy glass. 

The canopy is mounted on 32mm polished brass tubes locked into place by bayonet fittings and top thumbscrews. The removable cover is acrylic sailcloth, secured by awning type fasteners. The wooden frame can be split on the centreline and both halves stored in the boat during transport. An overall cover of sailcloth is available to fit the whole launch with ties. 

Engine: A new Yanmar 3 Cylinder diesel, type 3YM20 20HP. fStainless steel 10 gallon tank, a tank fuel indicator is fitted on the engine control panel. A Vetus engine control unit allows for various modes, viz engine only, neutral, ahead and astern, the resilient coupling and thrust bearing assembly connects the bronze propeller through a stainless shaft and water seal. The area surrounding the engine and the cover all are sound-lagged. 

Seating: Seat tops are solid mahogany and hinged to give access to storage lockers housing the main battery and the supply for the auto 'Whale' bilge pump control. Deck fittings are polished bronze, and the two pseudo ventilators on the bow actually house the two tone horn. The bow locker is 6 feet long and houses the galvanized anchor with chain and rope, bronze boathook, paddles and white mooring lines, plus space for crockery etc, and the fuel tank. 

Trailer:  A brand new Indespension  4-wheel galvanised trailer, fully braked with an integral Triplelock security head is included. The trailer has been used just once to transport the launch from Windermere lake to its current place of storage. 

I am aware that several steam boats have been converted to either battery or diesel, but I consider this launch may already fulfil that requirement and would be pleased to discuss offers in the region of £28,500. 

Contact: Alan Howarth 01772 336346

For Sale

Steam Launch Garlandstone


Hull: 24ft long x 4ft 8 Beam.  Oak and Mahogany. Skin 3 layers, copper riveted. Wood varnished and finished by Peter Freebody in Hurley at a cost of over £10,000.

Boiler:Ed Langley Vertical Firetube, coal fired. Mecanical shaft driven water feed pump and handpump. Just Professionally re-tubed by Manor Farm Engineering with boiler test.

Trailer:Breakback type complete with 4 new Indespension units, new wheels and tyres.

All this and cushions, covers, windows, Windermere kettle etc.

This beautiful one-off hulled boat with its vertical water cutting bow and counter stern leaves little wash when running. 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.

You would find it difficult to find a nicer buy! Asking £22,000.

Phone Lyndon Bedford on 07973 919129 or email

For Sale

Frolic 18 Hull


Frolic 18 hull fitted out with mahoghany seats/lockers/deck. Needs some cosmetic work to restore interior. No means of propulsion, but fitted with 3/4" prop shaft and 14x20 prop, 12 gal water tank and keel condenser. Seat cushions included. Can deliver local to Norwich. An ideal 'blank canvas' for the prospective new owner.

Asking price £3250

Please make initial contact by email :

For Sale

Steam Launch Phoebe 2


See her on the SBA register


Hull:  Frolic 21' beam 5'6" Boat safety certificate to June 2013


Engine: Lifu 10hp 2,1/4" + 4,3/4" x 3,1/22" circa 1895/6


Boiler: Mothersele of Chichester 1980 VFT propane fired tested to August 2013.


Over the past year I have had made a new cover for towing and wintering. The gas lines, regulator, non return valves, pig tails  etc have also all been replaced. The final simple piece still requires refitting to make the works complete. Only a one hour job.

The trailer has had a complete overhaul with new brake lines and shoes and a new towing hitch complete with a locking coupling. Also fitted new an electric winch and slave battery.


My reason for sale is simply that I never seem to be able to make the time to use her and as I age it becomes increasingly difficult physically.


She comes with all the bits and pieces you would expect fenders cordage etc and the asking price is £14,000


Please contact Andy Griggs 07976 351781

For Sale

Classic Steam Launch "Bramble" (Revised Pricing)


For Sale: A Real Classic: 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: John Tilley Tel : 01530 814 224 0780 164 0175 Email:

Price: All Offers Considered





Wanted: Boiler for 50IHP Triple Expansion Engine


Watertube boiler (175 psi approx) for 50 IHP Simpson Strickland triple expansion launch engine.

Contact: Reg W. Dean

Telephone: 01436 820385


For Sale

Simpson-Strickland Kingdom Steeple Compound


Absolutely a one of a kind piece!

This is a beautiful piece of history, very unique and well taken care of, perfect for museum or for show.

This Simpson-Strickland Kingdom steeple compound condensing engine was purchased by Late Thomas G. Thompson Jr. in 1951. This unit shipped straight from England to its destination in Seattle, Washington. All the documentation comes with the unit.

This is a complete portable unit. Boiler and engine are on its factory base to go in and out of the boat. 

Engine is fitted with Stephenson reverse link. It is complete with hand pump, condenser and flanged propeller shaft. 

Includes: brass funnel, brass water makeup tank , copper outboard condenser. Injector and misc flanged fittings with pipe work .

Has never been out of a heated building since 1951! Boiler appears to be fully serviceable.

This unit can be seen in Steamboats and Modern steam Launches May 1962, page 22

Price: $18,000.00 USD or reasonable offer.
   FOB Seattle, WA. USA


Andrew VanLuenen
A.V.L. Machine Works LLC
8911 186th ST. NE.
Arlington,WA 98223
Phone: +1 425-239-1403

Fax: +1 360-435-3376


For Sale

Single Cylinder Marine Engine


A single cylinder marine steam launch engine, the approximate dimensions are, 50mm bore x 75mm stroke, the height from the base

to top of cylinder is 60cm, comes complete with mechanical lubricator, water pump, and reverser, cylinder and steam chest drains, bearing oilers, mounted on a hardwood/stainless steel engine base/bearers, can be seen running on air, has never been steamed. 

For any further info please e- mail or phone.

Asking Price: £1700.

Please  Contact:  Brian Porritt, Kent. 

Phone : 01843 581704. 

For Sale

Combined Air and Feed Pump


Combined feed and air pump, chain driven, weight 20 kg

Price: £ 215

Contact: Douglas Taylor 

Tel: 01475 687395



For Sale

Various Items From the Estate of Tom Peebles of Tallisker Fame


Items for sale from the estate of the late Tom Peebles.

  • Propeller: 18 x 24 ins. Taper 1 ¼ down to 1 ins over 3 1/8 ins length.
  • Boat tent: Length 6 metres, width 3.25 m, height in centre 3 m, height at sides 2.25m. Frame clips together, currently has mains strip lighting which could be included in sale.
  • Pump - gear type: Fixing face OD 5 ¼ ins, ID 3 ¾ ins. Fixing holes 4.6 ins between centres. Drive OD 0.87 ins ID 0.5 ins
  • Engine to shaft muff coupling: Fixing face OD 5 ins, ID 2 ins, Bolt holes 4 ¼ ins between centres Length 3 3/4 ins, ID 1 ¼ ins.
  • Oil troughs x 2: Back plate 6 ins long - holes 5.5 ins between centres trough 4 ins long, 2.25 ins wide x 2.25 ins deep.
  • Small hand pump: Total 9 ¾ ins long. Pump body 7 ins long, 1 ¼ OD
  • Crossland 6690 fuel filter.
  • Cylinder closing plate castings: 3 step casting:- Top OD 4 ins, steps 2.88 ins & 1.78 ins. Step thicknesses Top 0.45 ins, middle 0.38 ins bottom 0.65 ins. 2 step casting:- Top OD taper from 4 ins to 3.96 ins. step 2.9 ins. Step thicknesses Top 0.4 ins, bottom 0.65 ins
  • Gate valves 2 off ¾ ins
  • Gate valve handles. 2 x 2 ins diam - ¼ ins square hole. 2 x 1 3/8 ins diam 1/5 ins square all fresh green paint
  • Greasers 2 off OD 2 x 1¼ ins 
  • Pressure Gauges: 
    • OD 2 5/8 reads to 20 bar, 300 psi.
    • OD 2 5/8 reads from minus 1 bar, 30 psi to plus 4 bar, 60 psi.
    • OD 2 5/8 reads to 12.5 bar 200 psi
    • OD 1 5/8 reads 60 psi, 400 kPa 2 off
  • Vacuum gauge: OD 2 ins connection at rear.
  • Whistles 1 x single and 1 x triple (needs attention to work)
  • Edgecumbe Multimeter Model 6 type 2 In carrying case with instructions. Batteries not included.
  • Wood working tools: Brace and bits up to 7/8th ins; Stanley plane; shaping planes, various profiles; chisels.

I am selling these items for Lynne Peebles so your generous offers for any items will be appreciated.

For more information, dimensions etc., please contact Roger Martin:
tel : 0141 776 4430. 

Here are some pictures!

For Sale



Used trailer designed for Frolic 18. (The red one in the photos).

Contact: More information from offers to same.

For Sale



Steam gauge Dewrance 0-200psi, 5 inches dia
Traction Gauge 0-500psi, 5 inches dia
Steam Gauge 0-100psi 3.5inches dia

Offers invited harrykwebster@gmail.comTel Oxford 01865865670

For Sale

Model steam ship


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.

Contact Harry Webster, Email: harrykwebster@gmail.comTel: 01865 865670, Location: Oxfordshire


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