The Steamboat Association of Great Britain
42ft Saloon Launch ‘Surta’
16th September 2021
The time has come to offer for sale the impressive 42’ steel steam launch ‘Surta’, a much respected larger member of the SBA fleet and a long time presence on the Thames.
Built by Bristol shipyard owner David Abels to his own design and for his own use in 1988, Surta has been owned by Nigel and Felicity Guild since 2002 and has been a regular guest at Thames and other SBA events. She is built to canal gauge: 42’ LOA & LWL, 6’10” Beam, Draft 3’ and she displaces 7.5 tons.
Surta’s engine is a 5”+7” x 7.5” condensing compound built 1950 by W Sisson & Co of Gloucester. Rated at 15hp the engine was built for use in Farnborough Technical College. It has a piston valve on the HP end driven by Stephenson’s link motion reversing gear, and a slide valve and slip eccentric on the LP end. The skin condenser is 18 sq ft, welded to the outside of the hull and the right handed three bladed bronze propeller is 24”x 53”.
Her boiler is newly ticketed. It is a 3-drum all-welded steel water tube type designed by John Cooper, built 2003 by Blackbeth Engineering (Devon). Diesel fired, it has an output of 300lbs per hour at 150psi.
Boiler feed is by engine driven pump, injector or hand pump, and there is a Windermere kettle and whistle – of appropriate tone.
On the water, ‘Surta’ is quiet and dignified – pictured here on the Thames in 2012 after taking part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla. She provides adequate living space for longer cruises with a double bed, toilet, shower, cooker and fridge. She is currently lying in a Thames side marina near Windsor.
£30,000 or near offer
Nigel Guild 07831 619746
or nigel underscore guild at lineone dot net
25’ 7” trailable Canopy launch ‘Suilven’
14th September 2021
‘Suilven’ was built and engined by the late Geoff Newton 1992-3 and she was built to the highest standards. She has steamed every year since she was new and has appeared at SBA and other events all over England and Scotland as well as on the continent.
The 25’ 7” cedar strip plank epoxy glass coated hull has a 3mm external mahogany veneer. Her engine is a condensing Leak compound: 3” + 5” x 3” with piston valve on HP and a balanced slide valve on the LP, and Stephenson link motion reversing. The engine drives a three bladed 18”x26” propeller.
The boiler is a David Beale designed 24” dia coal burning VFT built in 1999 Franklin & Bell. She has 109 1” tubes, a stainless steel grate and wet ashpan plus injector and hand pump.
Being sold by Bob and Sylvia Fry, the boat is currently lying in Callington, Cornwall.
£20,000 or near offer
Bob & Sylvia Fry
sylvia dot fry2 at btinternet dot com
24' Steam Cabin Launch 'Sirius'
21 August 2021
Steam Launch in GRP 24’ LOA x 7’3” beam x 2’6” draft
Varnished Teak Deck, Fully fitted out with 2 berths, cooker, toilet, sink and Safety equipment, ready for sea.
Boiler – new in 2017 SBA tested 30/06/21
Engine – new 2018 Steeple compound 2 1/2” (HP) x 5” (LP) x 7” stroke
Keel condenser - and there is a 4HP Yamaha outboard auxiliary
Trailer – 3 new tyres and light board
Boat owned by SBA member Douglas Taylor (Largs) and currently stored under cover in Fairlie Key, Will be freshly antifouled prior to sale.
£18.5K. More photos available on request
Contact E-mail Andrew.email@example.com for photos or phone 01475 687395
Working model steam drifter with compound engine
22 July 2021
This attractive scale model of a classic early 20th century steam drifter was built many years ago by SBA member John Weatherall. It needs a fair amount of tlc but is a good representation of one of the fascinating little steamships which for many years were the backbone of the UK fishing industry.
It has an interesting steam plant which includes a centre flue marine boiler (we can’t be sure what kind of a burner it has from the pictures but the vintage of the model suggests it’s probably a paraffin pressure burner) and a neat little six column compound engine. It looks to have been run fairly extensively in the past and with attention could run again. It is not radio controlled. The vessel is just under four feet long – main dimensions 110cm long, 20cm beam and 35cm from base of stand to top of superstructure.
This model is delicate – but all of it is there and it is sold on condition of collection only from Henham (CM22 between Bishops Stortford and Saffron Walden) The family are not in a position to crate it and mail it.
£275 or near offer: Contact Amanda Mower firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete and unused 18' Frolic hull with steam plant
2 July 2021
An unused 18' Frolic hull with stern tube and prop shaft and a 15" propeller, ball thrust bearing and Hardy Spicer flexible coupling.
The hull is fully fitted with mahogany decking, seats and wheel steering.
A new single cylinder engine (21/2"x 3") with SLVG and feed pump. It runs well on compressed air.
The all-copper Illingworth boiler is fitted with superheater coils and a liquid fuel (kerosene) burner and has been cold tested to 300psi. The feed system has an exhaust steam heat exchanger and the steel boiler casing has a drip tray.
The engine and boiler have both been fitted to the hull but are currently mounted on a wheeled subframe to enable easy fitting of pipe work etc.
The boat is mounted on a single axle trailer with winch included and photos and a video can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/kswpx2fa.
The boat is currently located in the Cotswolds and all serious offers will be considered prior to possible auction at the SBA Bourton-on-the-Water gathering in October.
Call Bob or Nigel 01451 820061
23 April 2021
Sadly I have to sell my boat, for which I have grown too old!
Offers in excess of £8000.
23 April 2021