Certificate no 2866
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Alton
Vessel type Steam Yacht
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder The Liquid Fuel Engineering Co.
Built in 1903
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam compound
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker Unknown


Length: Overall
37.17 feet (11.33 m)
Breadth: Beam
8.50 feet (2.59 m)
5.25 feet (1.60 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



PIPEFISH is a steam yacht built in 1903 by The Liquid Fuel Engineering Co. and is a vessel of teak planked construction.  She was built for Harold Fiennes Speed for his retirement in Keyhaven - he spent many years cruising the South coast and North French coast with his wife, Maude.

During the First World War, PIPEFISH was laid up in Keyhaven, after being mistaken as a German vessel and shot at from Hurst Castle.

The vessel was removed from the River Thames in the late 1980's and stored in a field near Alton.  Her hull was dry stored and is generally sound but the upper deck of American Yellow pine is beyond repair, some spars will need to be replaced as will some parts of the American Elm Garboards.  A LIFU steam plant with 25 ihp engine has been sourced and the vessel is currently undergoing conservation.

Key dates

  • 1903

    Bujilt by the Liquid Fuel Engineering Co

  • 1923

    Parsons petrol/paraffin engine installed

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