The Steamboat Association of Great Britain
16ft Steam Launch - Blue Belle
22nd January '22
‘Blue Belle’ has been laid up in a dry workshop environment since 2008/9 and following the death of her owner is now being offered for sale. The sale includes a folder with some history around her construction including photographs of boiler construction, checklist and operating instructions, and engine assembly drawing.
Full details are given in the ‘Steamboat Register’ and recent pictures indicate that nothing very much has changed.
Hull: Built 1984 GRP 16’6” x 5’7”. She has wheel steering. And a bronze 12” x 18” propeller.
Engine: 1985 factory-built Stuart Turner ‘Swan’ hp twin, non-condensing with Stephenson’s link reversing. Engine driven feed pump.
Boiler: V multi-drum Built 1990 by Gordon Smith, Grate area: 12 sqft, All copper, top feed, 6" x 3/8" x 9" high, each with 18 x ½" tubes connected by upper manifold and lower WT fire box.
It has not been examined or tested for many years but since the boat has been kept in a dry environment it may well be in reasonable order. Boiler cladding had been removed to facilitate boiler pressure testing prior to the owner’s project stalling.
Trailer: Generally in good order with sound wheels and mudguards.
This is a straightforward and nicely fitted-out boat which has been conserved intelligently so that hull and plant appear to be in sound condition.
Everything is there and ready for a recommissioning project. Although built in 1984 she gives every impression of not having run many hours and certainly not since 2008/9. All woodwork, whilst dusty, is in beautiful condition.
Price: £4300 ono
Stephanie Ferry, Worcestershire
sj dot ferry at live dot com
Windermere Steam Launch - Merganser
10th January '22
Built by boatbuilder Ian Cooper of Windermere in 1981 for the English Canal Historian Edward Paget-Tomlinson, and fitted with machinery by Roger Mallinson of Windermere (well known in UK steamboating for his fine workmanship). The launch is currently available for inspection in Wiltshire.
Hull 18' by 5'3" beam, clinker construction in Columbian pine on oak with cedar seats & transom.
Boiler (no longer fit for service due to corrosion of steam drum) Roger Mallinson Boiler No.4 1981. 3-Drum coal-fired Blackstaffe-type water-tube boiler, working pressure 120psi.
Engine Roger Mallinson No.7 1981 Stuart "Swan" engine (two cylinders 2 1/4" bore by 2" stroke") with enlarged bearings and geared-down feed pump.
Propeller 16" diameter by 20" pitch by Roger Mallinson, narrow-bladed steam type, 16" diameter by 20" pitch.
Merganser Runs non-condensing taking water from river/lake through feed filters and is fitted with an exhaust feed heater/silencer & hand feed pump
With fitted cover and recently serviced 4-wheel trailer
Price: £4,000 or near offer
Tel: 07428 628953
Email: peter at peterturvey dot com
29’ 6” classic steam canoe
8th November 2021
The SBA’s Mike Bell, with great regret, needs to sell his 1921-built 29’ 6” steam canoe
When we talk about a ‘canoe’ in the context of ‘Céomé, we should visualise an extremely elegant steam launch of very fine lines, a vision in mahogany varnished with no fewer than ten coasts of tung oil, built in the classical canoe style found on English lakes and the river Thames in the first thirty years of the 20thCentury. She is registered with the Thames Vintage Boat Club.
‘Céomé is very nearly complete, and her purchaser will receive the fully restored and finished canoe-style hull, a substantial brand-new steam plant consisting of a loco-type coal fired boiler with side firing and a purpose built triple expansion engine on a new trailer.
The hull restoration has been completed to a very high professional standard and this serious dream boat only awaits detail completion and commissioning.
HULL: Built 1921 by Hobbs & Son at Henley-on-Thames. LOA: 29' 6", Beam: 4' 6", Draft: 2' 6". Double-skin mahogany, canoe bow and stern and extensively varnished. She has a varnished boiler housing and a removable engine lantern as well as a canvas canopy with side curtain. She seats eight, and. as it has to be with a large canoe, steering is by wheel.
There is no canvas boat cover provided as Ceome has always lived in a dry shed.
ENGINE: Triple expansion 2½" + 3½" + 5" x 3" from an original design by Gordon Cheape. This is the prototype completed by Sam Wilkinson and Hugh Mothersole: a very handsome and compact engine with radial valve gear.
BOILER:Classic side-fired locomotive type launch boiler built 1999 by well known boiler makers Franklin & Bell of Gloucester. complete with twin sight glasses and all valves
Water Pump: Southworth horizontal duplex.
PROP: 3 blades, 16" x 30". With a Schilling rudder
TRAILER: The boat is fully trailable and the galvanised twin axle trailer is new.
HISTORY: Céoméwas originally fitted in 1921 with a petrol engine and Kitchen rudder for reversing. She was acquired by Oliver Cock in 1976 who fitted a steam plant. She was first steamed in 1980 and in 1993 was acquired by Wolff Zeuner, one of the most colourful of past SBA members, who fitted an ST 6A and Anthony Bever copper water tube boiler. She was subsequently bought by Hugh Mothersole who commissioned a very complete professional keel-upwards restoration in 2004 which took many years but saw the hull delivered in 2017 before sale to Mike Bell for completion.
Mike would ideally like to sell ‘Céomé for £25.000 as a complete project but is prepared to sell hull and steam plant separately, in which case he is looking for £20,000 for the hull and trailer and £10,000 for the boiler and engine.
‘It would be a great shame to split this wonderful hull from this superb steam plant which would suit her perfectly,’ says Mike, ‘But I have to be practical and am looking for a future owner who would capture the vision I and all the SBA owners before me, have shared. I am very sorry not to be in a position to bring it to fruition myself.’
All enquiries to:
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
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