Previous names

  • Silver Stream
Certificate no 38
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Kennet and Avon Canal
Vessel type Open Launch
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Burgoine, C & A, Hampton Wick
Built in 1890
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam
Boiler type Fire Tube
Boilermaker Bennet of Bristol
Boiler year 1999
Boiler fuel gas


Breadth: Beam
6.50 feet (1.98 m)
2.00 feet (0.61 m)
Length: Overall
41.60 feet (12.69 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



LADY LENA, an electric launch, was built by Burgoine's at Kingston on Thames in 1891 for the Immitch Fleet and used until 1911.  She then moved to Bedford and was renamed SILVER STREAM.

Abandoned in the 1960s and restored in the 1980s.  An engine fitted in 1985 is believed to have been built by T Clarkson, Chelmsford, date unknown. The boiler was built around 1942 by Merryweather & Co, Greenwich. The hull was restored by Terry Hardwick at Bath between 1980-2. The plant was fitted by owner in 1982-3. She was re bibbed in 1997 - 1998 with oak.

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Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain

Key dates

  • 1891

    Built by Burgoine's at Kingston on Thames in 1891

  • 1911

    Renamed Silver Stream

  • 1946

    Heavily restored

  • 1970

    Found derelict at Bedford in 1970

  • 1980

    Fully restored

  • 1997


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