Certificate no 57
Status National Historic Fleet
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Details

Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Windermere
Vessel type Steam Barge
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address http://www.steamboats.org.uk/esp

Construction

Builder Seath, T B & Co, Rutherglen.
Built in 1871
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam
Boiler type Water Tube
Boilermaker Unknown
Boiler year 1926
Boiler fuel coal

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
14.59 feet (4.45 m)
Depth
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Length: Overall
70.95 feet (21.64 m)
Tonnage: Gross
41.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

The steam barge RAVEN was built in 1871 by T B Seath & Co of Rutherglen for the Furness Railway to provide cargo services on Lake Windermere. Her hull is of rivetted iron and she retains her original single cylinder steam engine. She had tiller steering and carried mail, coal, timber, farm produce, and general cargo from the Lakeside railway terminus to the houses and hotels beside the lake, especially those scattered on the western side, and the railway warehouses at Ambleside and Bowness. During winter she acted as an icebreaker for the Furness Railway passenger steamers. Road competition brought her career to an end in 1922 and she was sold to Vickers Armstrong for testing mine-laying equipment. The present boiler was installed in about 1926. By the 1950s, RAVEN was abandoned and semi-derelict and, in 1956, was bought by George Pattinson, who amassed a collection of Windermere steam craft. In 1971, RAVEN's enginer and boiler were overhauled, and on her 100th birthday, she once again steamed down the lake, painted in her original Furness Railway colours. RAVEN and the other vessels in the collection were displayed in the Windermere Steamboat Museum, which opened in 1977. The museum closed in October 2006 for restoration, and passed to the Lakeland Arts Trust in 2007. RAVEN is the second oldest vessel on Lloyds Register of Yachts and the oldest with her original machinery.

Sources

Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993
Sullivan, Dick, Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums, Coracle Books, 1978
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles, Steam Boat Association of Great Britain, Edition 6, May 1994 
Windermere Steamboat Museum and Motorboat Collection, Windermere Nautical Trust Ltd, 1998

Key dates

  • 1871

    Built by T. B. Seath & Co of Rutherglen for the Furness Railway

  • 1922

    Sold to Vickers Armstrong for testing mine-laying equipment

  • 1926

    Present boiler installed

  • 1950s

    Abandoned and semi-derelict

  • 1956

    Bought by George Pattinson as part of a collection of Windermere steam craft

  • 1971

    Engine and boiler overhauled, and on her 100th birthday, she steamed down the lake, painted in her original Furness Railway colours

  • 1977

    Displayed in the Windermere Steamboat Museum alongside rest of collection

  • 2006

    Museum closed for restoration

  • 2007

    Collection passed to the Lakeland Arts Trust

Own this vessel?

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