Certificate no 376
Status National Historic Fleet
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Details

Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Excursion
Location Ullswater
Vessel type Excursion
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No
Web address www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/index.htm

Construction

Builder Seath, T B & Co, Rutherglen.
Built in 1889
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
14.98 feet (4.57 m)
Depth
2.85 feet (0.87 m)
Length: Overall
111.93 feet (34.14 m)
Tonnage: Gross
63.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

Like LADY OF THE LAKE, RAVEN was built by T.B. Seath & Co., of Rutherglen, Glasgow and was transported in sections to Ullswater by rail, where she was launched on 11 July 1889. The launch was a big occasion on Ullswater and contemporary records show that the original Thomas Cook had suggested to the directors that a new boat should be built as the previous season, LADY OF THE LAKE, had broken down and services had been suspended.  She actually replaced the troublesome paddle steamer ENTERPRISE, which had been the first Ullswater Steam Navigation Company's craft, and was named after Ravencragg, the home of one of the company's directors.

In 1912, RAVEN was made a temporary royal yacht and her decks were painted yellow to mark the visit of the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, to Lowther Castle. In 1934, she was converted from steam and fitted with National Gas diesels, and subsequently during the winter of 1965-66, with twin Thornycroft AEC diesels, when the work was carried out by Joseph Pirt & Co. of Workington. She is now a commercial pleasure steamer on Ullswater. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Feb 2011.

Key dates

  • 1889

    Built by T.B. Seath & Co of Rutherglen, Glasgow for the Ullswater Navigation and Transit Company Ltd and transported in sections to Ullswater by rail

  • 1912

    Made a temporary royal yacht and her decks painted yellow to mark the visit of the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, to Lowther Castle

  • 1934

    Converted from steam and fitted with National Gas diesels

  • 1965-66

    Fitted with twin Thornycroft AEC diesels

  • 2012

    Operated as a commercial pleasure steamer on Ullswater

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