Certificate no 2499
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Preston Brook
Vessel type Windermere Slipper Saloon Launch
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Borwick & Co, Windermere
Built in 1908
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Air Draft
5.10 feet (1.56 m)
Breadth: Beam
6.10 feet (1.86 m)
1.10 feet (0.34 m)
Length: Overall
34.00 feet (10.37 m)
Tonnage: Gross



DAPHNE is a Windermere slipper saloon launch of timber carvel construction. Her hull, which is original, is of Honduras mahogany and larch underwater. Her present engine is a Gardner 4BCR petrol. She was built in 1908 by Borwick and Sons of Bowness. The vessel was one of the early motor launches on Lake Windermere that replaced the bigger steamboats. Her hull is based on the racing beaver stern slipper launches of her day. She has been in the same ownership for 30 years and has been regularly maintained. She is now cruised on Inland Waterways throughout the UK

Key dates

  • 1908

    Built by Borwicks of Bowness,Cumbria as a Winderemere Slipper Saloon Launch

  • 1908-1930

    Used as a Motor Launch on Lake Winderemere

  • 1930s

    Morris Navigator engine fitted

  • C1980

    Bought by the present owner

  • 2003

    Electric motor fitted

  • 2005

    Gardner 4BCR engine fitted

  • 2015

    Vessel is thought to be at Preston Brook, Cheshire, in good condition, and used as a Private Leisure Craft

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