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For Sale

Steam Launch Garlandstone


Length: 24ft long x 4ft 8 Beam

Hull: 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

Steam Launch Talisker


Hull: Indian Runner 21 designed by Selway Fisher.  Built & Fit out 1998 by Tom Peebles.  LOA: 21' 0", LWL: 20' 0", Beam: 5' 6", Draft: 1' 9",
Strip plank, cedar and epoxy composite.  Teak decks, Red Cedar strip planking in epoxy/glass. Full length canopy and see through side curtains

Boiler: Roberts type HWT designed & built by Antony Bever at Swindon in 1994

Coal fired, 165psi.  8” diam x 24” long steel drums, 28 x 5/8th steel tubes welded construction. retubed 2010

Condensing, engine driven pump, hand pump, injector, steam feed pump, feed water heater, whistle.

Engine : 2 cylinder compound 2 1/2 “ +  5” x 3”  Power: 7 Hp

Built 1998 by Philip Newman at Abernethy. Savery style by Gordon Cheape.  Piston valves, Joy Radial valve gear.

Hypro feed pump by chain stepped up 2/1 from front of crankshaft.

Edwards style air pump from LP crosshead.

Propellor: Manganese bronze, 3 blade right hand 16” x 30”.  Shaft 1 ¼” stainless steel.

History: Hull built and fitted out by Tom Peebles (1993 – 1998).

Trailer:  4 Wheel with cushion boat side supports and guide posts.

More information on

Sale includes all above plus ropes, fenders, flag staffs, and other steaming paraphernalia as well as a Honda 2.3hp outboard (Hull has trap door to fit outboard in emergencies)

In first instance, contact Roger Martin on 0141 776 4430 or to discuss details and price.  Boat located in Lenzie by Glasgow for viewing.

For Sale

SL Tern


Contact:    John Wood

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



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. Tel. 44 208 3027

For Sale

Steam Launch


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
when trailing.

Price £18,000

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.

Price £12,000

Both together £28,000

Contact Hugh Mothersole by email at

For Sale

Classic Steam Launch "Bramble"


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

For Sale

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

For Sale

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.

Offers in the region of £30,000

Contact Clive Lee at or 01726 833278


Steam Launch


I am facing immediate divorce unless I either dispense with steam boating entirely or find a bigger vessel!

If any other SBA member is contemplating selling a cabin launch, of princely dimensions and specification or otherwise, please contact me on 01439 772188 or email details to





For Sale

Stuart Turner "S" Type Engine


Stuart Turner S, piston valve, fully enclosed single. 

This is a 1936-built engine that started life as a generator engine in a small coastal tanker. 

This specimen is unique in that many years ago it was fitted by the SBA’s Brian Smith, rather ingeniously, with Stephenson’s Link reversing gear, which works very positively. 

This ‘S’ does not have a governor.

£500 + delivery cost.

Please contact Contact: David Coates

For Sale

Edwards Air Pump and Twin Feed Pumps


Edwards bronze air pump and two ram type feed pumps, Weight 6kg


Please contact Douglas Taylor tel: 01475 687395

For Sale

Combined Air and Feed Pump


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

£ 215

Please contact Douglas Taylor on tel: 01475 687395

For Sale

Leak compound


Arthur Leak marine compound engine 3” x 5” x 3” partially built with a full set of castings to complete plus a full set of Clupet piston rings for HP, LP, and piston valve.

Engine comes complete with drawings and build instruction manual A4 size. The engine is suitable for a 25 to 35 foot boat.

Offers considered by email to

For Sale

Two drum water tube steam boiler


Pressure vessel is complete and water tight but needs testing before putting into use.

Built to an SBA approved design, the boiler drawing is included in sale. Drums .485mm long. 168.3mm OD. Overall height of Casing 607 mm.

This boiler is a proven design which has been successfully used in Lightning, Silkie and others.

Needs grate, ashpan, funnel and boiler casing finishing to complete. Supplied with water gauge fittings and 150psi pressure gauge.

A ½ inch tube expander used to expand the copper tubes is included in the sale.

Priced at £1000.

Contact Tony Cundick
tel:- 01672 810611

For Sale

2 cylinder compound


One 2 cylinder compound steam engine with 25 hp and 350 rpm.

This engine is a copy from 1901.

The engine which its for sale its not finished and will be sold only by parts.

The red engine shows only the finished  engine and its not for sale. For sale its the green engine.

More details by questions. The price is open to offers.

Contact R.Pfeil (Austria) Email : 


For Sale

Historic Seekings twin


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.

£3000 Geoff Thorne   07909 681134  (Staines, Mddx)

For Sale

Magic Dragon's Engine


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.

Price offers in the region of £2,500

John Schofield Tel No 01488 608346


Engine drawings


For maintenance reasons, I am looking for the drawings of Cyril Taylor 2¼" + 3½" x 2½" Compound steam engine.

Thanks in advance.

Please email Kim at

For Sale

Compound engine


Compound engine, 50 +75 x 60 based on Reeves Commander castings BUT with re-designed valve gear incorporating valve stem guides and altered link geometry – test run on above boiler

Material cost  £2345

Reasonable offers considered

Contact Roger Eske  
Phone: 01785 780318     
E- mail:


Boiler for Stuart Turner 6A


New boiler for Stuart 6A compound steam engine. Steam required: 250 lbs/hr at 150 psi.

Please email details to

For Sale

Rare 1903 Hyler White Steam Engine


Twin cylinder double acting simple, 2” bore  x 2” stroke, piston valves with reversing gear, comes with original boiler feed pump and throttle valve.

Comes with a complete set of copies of the original construction and machining build instructions (1903 English Mechanic & World of Science).

Could be seen running under steam by arrangement. Ideal for a steam launch, owned for the last 48 years.


Email or call Chris Hutchinson on 07967-830223.

For Sale

Single Cylinder Engine


Steamboat Project
2" bore X 4" stroke. 

All moving parts are on roller bearings, including the eccentrics.  Comes with dog clutch and boiler feed pumps.  A V belt pulley is incorporated in the flywheel to drive a generator underneath.

Sensible offers accepted

Contact Ken Wickham on 01270 750389

For Sale

Single Cylinder Engine


Steamboat Project
2 1/2" bore X 3 1/2" stroke. 

All moving parts are on roller bearings, including the eccentrics.  Comes with dog clutch and boiler feed pumps.  A V belt pulley is incorporated in the flywheel to drive a generator underneath.

Sensible offers accepted

Contact Ken Wickham on 01270 750389



For Sale

Various Items From the Estate of Tom Peebles of Tallisker Fame


The following items are for sale:
  • Colchester Student Lathe plus all tools etc. etc.
  • Diemaster Mill by Houes Leeds plus tools etc.
  • Clark 4.5 inch band saw.
  • Boat tent

Contact Roger Martin in the first instance for more photos and details or 0141 776 4430

For Sale



Used trailer designed for Frolic 18. (The red one in the photos).
More information from and offers to same.




Boiler Injector. Penberthy 00-21 or equal (smallest model in the range with 3/8 inch pipe connections). Please contact Danish member Lars Hansen on email:

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 Tel 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: Tel: 01865 865670, Location: Oxfordshire





Wanted Sydney Smith No2 size steam siren which is slightly larger than the illustrated No1 size.

Contact Reg W. Dean

For Sale

 Safety Valves



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'.

Contact me Philip martino by email ( if interested, they will go on Ebay soon.

Sensible offers please as they are about £200 new from Heritage Steam Supplies

For Sale

 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

For Sale

 Boat building jigs


Steamboat Projectundefined

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.


Contact Colin by email or tel 01905 611617


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