Step on board, this unique, steam-powered yacht moored at Coniston Pier, Coniston water. We are proud, she was presented with the regional flagship award by National Historic Ships UK for 2018.
A free, 'behind the scenes' tour of Steam Yacht Gondola owned and operated by the National Trust. Visitors will be able to view archive material about the history of the yacht seldom seen and find out more about the story of the rescue and the rebuild. This is an opportunity to view the luxurious interior saloons of this unique steamboat, whilst she is moored to the jetty at Coniston Pier, early evening. This is your chance to step onboard and chat to the crew, including the engineers who maintain the boat and the helmsmen who sail her. The engine will be on view and the fire box will be well stoked, a close up view can also be taken of 'Sid' the Sea Serpent who has been re-carved locally from fine English oak and gilded in gold and the new upholstery undertaken on the cushions in the forward saloon.
This is a 'must see' Heritage Open Day attraction if you have not stepped onboard before, you will not be disappointed. You may spend as little or as much time as you wish with us. For families and younger members we have an activity sheet for you to complete in return for a 'pirates' certificate to be presented on the evening. After all the boat was considered to be the original Captain Flint's House Boat in Arthur Ransomes, story of The Swallows & Amazons, written and based around Coniston Water.