Alaska

Owner: Thames Steamers Ltd.

Website: www.thames-steamers.co.uk/

Area: UK-Chiltern


Hull

Cabin/Saloon Launch. Construction: Carvel teak.
Hull in Buil
Built 1883 by J.S. & W.J. Horsham at Bourne End
LOA: 59' 11", LWL: 56' 0", Beam: 10' 0", Displacement: 32000 lbs.
Cream, varnished deck and interior, counter stern, wheel steering.

Boiler

Locomotive type Built 1985 by H.A. McEwen (Boiler Repairs) Ltd. at Keithley
Fuel: Coal,
Side fired (both sides), shell 38" dia x 6’8" long, 2 injectors.

Engine

Twin. 5 1/2" + 5 1/2" X 7"
sv valve. SLRG valve gear.
Cast steam-hammer type frames

Propeller

Cast blades, 30" X 50"
Shaft: cast" iron

History

New to builders as passenger launch, with 6½" + 6½" x 7" Seeking engine. Nov 1887 to J. H. Salter, Oxford. New boilers 1914 and 1935. Aug 1943 to Jackson Bros. Ltd., London, later Putney Sea Scouts who took out old steam machinery. c1948 to R Horton, Medley, Oxford, hulk used as landing stage. 1974 to P. Freebody & Co., Hurley, hull restored, fresh steam plant fitted, first re-steamed July 1987. Ref: Classic Boat August 1992. Available for charter, phone:- 01628 526346


Last Modified: 2014.04.01.

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(Lyn Smith) Thames, 1999