Certificate no 82
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Wargrave
Vessel type Saloon Launch
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Burgoine, Edward, A Jacobs, Windsor
Built in 1901
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam compound
Boiler type Drum Water Tube
Boilermaker Philip & Son, Dartmouth
Boiler year 1920


Breadth: Beam
11.51 feet (3.51 m)
Length: Overall
59.48 feet (18.14 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1901 by Edward Burgoine of Windsor for A Jacobs, WINDSOR BELLE is a steam powered tripper boat. Her hull is wooden, of carvel construction and the steam compound engine was built by Plenty & Son. This was converted to motor drive in 1950, but restored in 1986 to steam power. As a passenger launch, she has been operated at various places on the River Thames, most recently at Wargrave running charter trips


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles, Steam Boat Association of Great Britain, Edition 6, May 1994 
Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995

Key dates

  • 1901

    Built as a steam powered trip boat by Edward Burgoine at A. Jacob's Yard, Windsor

  • 1950

    Steam plant removed and converted to motor powered

  • 1986

    Fully restored to original configuration and steam plant fittted

  • 1989

    Operating as passenger launch out of Hurley on River Thames

  • 1996

    Whereabouts unknown but thought to be inactive

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