Certificate no 2197
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Windermere
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Borwick & Co, Windermere
Built in 1930
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.98 feet (2.13 m)
Length: Overall
33.64 feet (10.26 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


PENELOPE II was built by Borwicks of Bowness for a local family.  They used the boat mainly to follow the Royal Windermere Yacht Club races. With a straight bow and cruiser stern, PENELOPE looks like a traditional Windermere steam launch but has always run on a motor engine. 

The launch was built between the two World Wars, in the style of a tradition launch but with the convenience of a modern motor engine. This was more easily maintained than the steam powered boiler.  The conservation team at Windermere Jetty Museum began work on PENELOPE II in October 2017 with the aim of using her to take visitors out for trips on the lake. 

The conservation project was completed at the end of September 2020 and marked a significant milestone for PENELOPE II as she made her way to the water, for her first dip after 3 years.  The launch went very smoothly and confirmed what the conservation team at Windermere Jetty Museum knew all along: their excellent quality of workmanship, with no leakage at all!



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