Raven

Steam Barge built 1871 by Seath, T B & Co, Rutherglen.

Ensign House flag

57

National Historic Fleet


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Steam Barge

Windermere


Museum based

Museum: operating


No

No


27/01/1996

29/03/2012


Web site

www.steamboats.org.uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Steam

Steam


1871

Water Tube


Unknown

1926


Dimensions

To be confirmed

14.59 feet (4.45 metres)


70.95 feet (21.64 metres)

4.00 feet (1.22 metres)


41.00


History

The steam barge RAVEN was built in 1871 by T B Seath & Co of Rutherglen for the Furness Railway to provide cargo services on Lake Windermere. Her hull is of rivetted iron and she retains her original single cylinder steam engine. She had tiller steering and carried mail, coal, timber, farm produce, and general cargo from the Lakeside railway terminus to the houses and hotels beside the lake, especially those scattered on the western side, and the railway warehouses at Ambleside and Bowness. During winter she acted as an icebreaker for the Furness Railway passenger steamers. Road competition brought her career to an end in 1922 and she was sold to Vickers Armstrong for testing mine-laying equipment. The present boiler was installed in about 1926. By the 1950s, RAVEN was abandoned and semi-derelict and, in 1956, was bought by George Pattinson, who amassed a collection of Windermere steam craft. In 1971, RAVEN's enginer and boiler were overhauled, and on her 100th birthday, she once again steamed down the lake, painted in her original Furness Railway colours. RAVEN and the other vessels in the collection were displayed in the Windermere Steamboat Museum, which opened in 1977. The museum closed in October 2006 for restoration, and passed to the Lakeland Arts Trust in 2007. RAVEN is the second oldest vessel on Lloyds Register of Yachts and the oldest with her original machinery.

Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993) pub: Anthony Nelson
Dick Sullivan, Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums (1978) pub: Coracle Books
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
Windermere Steamboat Museum and Motorboat Collection (1988) pub: Windermere Nautical Trust Ltd

Key dates

  1. 1871 Built by T. B. Seath & Co of Rutherglen for the Furness Railway
  2. 1922 Sold to Vickers Armstrong for testing mine-laying equipment
  3. 1926 Present boiler installed
  4. 1950s Abandoned and semi-derelict
  5. 1956 Bought by George Pattinson as part of a collection of Windermere steam craft
  6. 1971 Engine and boiler overhauled, and on her 100th birthday, she steamed down the lake, painted in her original Furness Railway colours
  7. 1977 Displayed in the Windermere Steamboat Museum alongside rest of collection
  8. 2006 Museum closed for restoration
  9. 2007 Collection passed to the Lakeland Arts Trust

Bibliography

  1. 1978 Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums - Sullivan, Dick
  2. 1988 Windermere Steamboat Museum and Motorboat Collection
  3. 1993 International Register of Historic Ships - Brouwer, Norman J
  4. 1994 Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

parrel:

a rope, chain or iron collar which attaches the yard to the mast but which allows vertical movement