Built in 1901 by Cawstons of Reading, ECLIPSE is a steam launch of teak on oak frames with a mahogany saloon. Her current engine is a steam compound built by Ian MacDougall in 1984. She was originally used as a hire launch for Cawstons' own fleet, then was used as a ferry boat between Hampton and Kingston until 1960 and subsequently as a motor tripper at Kingston.
She changed hands in 1978 and was completely restored between 1980 and 1984. Her current owners bought her in 1994 and she is now available for charter, based at Hampton Court.
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles, Edition 6, May 1994
Built by Cawstons of Caversham, Reading as a Steam Passenger Launch for Cawstons own Hire Fleet to carry 60 passengers
Used as a Ferry Boat between Hampton and Kingston on the River Thames
Used as a Motor Tripping Launch at Kingston-upon-Thames
Acquired and entirely rebuilt with the steam plant fitted by Ian Macdougal
New steam plant installed
Acquired by present owner
Vessel is thought to be in good condition and still operating as a Luxury Steam Launch to carry 12 passengers running trips on the River Thames
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