Certificate no 720
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location manchester
Vessel type Saloon Launch
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Borwick & Co, Windermere
Built in 1907
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker Unknown


Breadth: Beam
6.98 feet (2.13 m)
2.98 feet (0.91 m)
Length: Overall
42.56 feet (12.98 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1907 by Borwick & Son of Windermere, WATER VIPER is a saloon launch of carvel construction. Originally an Edwardian steam launch, she was used as a private yacht by Mrs Ainsworth of Wray Castle on Lake Windermere. She is now an exhibit at the Windermere Steamboat Museum.


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993

Key dates

  • 1907

    Built by Borwick & Son, Windermere as Edwardian steam launch for Mrs Ainsworth of Wray Castle

  • 1920s?

    Refitted with a gasoline engine

  • 1992

    Additional bay added to forward end of cabin to provide space for galley and heads

  • 2011

    On show as exhibit at Windermere Steamboat Museum

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

More like this

Lily - underway on the Avon

Registered, built 1933 by Borwick & Co, Windermere

Spray at Waterhead

Registered, built 1920 by Borwick & Co, Windermere

starboard side

Registered, built 1912 by Horshams of Maidenhead, Maidenhead

The King  bow facing

Archived, built 1905 by Bathurst, C, Tewkesbury