KITTIWAKE was built for William Grimble Groves in 1898, a brewer from manchester who bought the Holehird estate in Troutbeck in 1897. KITTIWAKE was used in much the same way as other steam launches - by family and friends for elegant afternoon tea parties and also by charitable organisations, such as giving nurses a few hours of relaxation on Lake Windermere.
However, unlike other Windermere Steam Launches, KITTIWAKE has a counter stern, no awning aft of the cabin and she has port operated engine. She is fitted with her original Sissons triple expansion steam engine.
She was converted to petrol in 1944 but was then returned to steam by the Windermere Steamboat Museum in 1984.
Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp157) pub: Anthony Nelson
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
Windermere Steamboat Museum and Motorboat Collection (1988) pub: Windermere Nautical Trust Ltd
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