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"Wisp"

30ft coal fired steam launch built 1908


  • Length30ft
  • Beam5ft 9in
  • Draft21in
  • HullBuilt by the Liquid Fuel Engineering Company (LIFU) of Poole, Dorset in 1908 of carvel pine planking on oak timbers - subsequently restored by Peter Freebody & Co in 2001/3
  • DecksTeak
  • InteriorDesigned and built by Peter Freebody & Co 2001/3, all in teak
  • Powered by1 x original LIFU engine, with coal fired boiler built by Steam Engineering of West Sussex in 2001
  • Year of build1908
  • Price£180,000

Details

Built originally as an open launch in 1908 by the LIFU company of Poole, Dorset, Wisp spent her earlier years in use on the River Stour in Dorset and then the Arun in Sussex, before moving to Lake Windermere during the 1980s and 90s.

She arrived in our workshop in 2001 where she spent the next couple of years undergoing restoration of her hull and complete transformation of her topsides, with new saloon featuring lantern roof, and interior fitting out with bevelled engraved windows, teak floor gratings and bespoke joinery work throughout. Also at this time, her original LIFU steam engine was restored and new boiler installed.

Varnished teak side lockers with Ink blue leather Chesterfield-style cushions provide comfortable seating through the launch for ten people. In addition to the seating in the saloon, there are also two smart teak cabinets, one which discreetly hides the fridge and the other fitted out for the stowage of glasses etc. Further equipment includes Clarion hi-fi system, and traditional Windermere kettle - enabling water to be boiled for the making of tea and coffee. The detailing on this launch is outstanding.


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