Waterlily

Owner: National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Area: UK


Hull

Cabin/Saloon Launch. Construction: Riveted wrought-iron. Believed sound 2004..
Built 1866 by J.I. Thornycroft & Co. Ltd. at Chiswick
LOA: 42' 0", Beam: 7' 6",
No.5. Counter stern, fwd saloon, aft cabin, black, varnished upperworks, 10 mph.

Boiler

VFT Built by J.O. Lugg & Son Ltd. at Billinghurst
Fuel: Coal, Pressure: 60 psi,
Shell 29" dia, firebox 24" dia, 64 x 1½" id tubes 24" long, injector, white funnel. Copy of original.

Engine

Single. 6" X 7"
Built by J.I. Thornycroft & Co. at Chiswick
sv valve. SLRG valve gear.
On 4 turned columns, Xhead lever driven air pump, condensate put overboard, 320 rpm, presumably not the original, No. ‘1873’ stamped on many parts, and ‘J E T 260 19-5-96’ stamped on cyl block, which may be dates of building.

History

Built for sculptor Thomas Thornycroft (father of builder). Helped set Victorian fashion for pleasure steamboating. Original plant removed when converted to motor 1919. Reconditioned by apprentices at Vosper-Thornycroft Ltd, Paulsgrove 1976-8, half of hull plates renewed with steel. Plant fitted 1978. Remained in Ownership of Thornycroft family until presented to the National Maritime Museum in 1990’s. 1996 put in store. 2002 on display at National Maritime Museum Cornwall.


Last Modified: 2015.03.15.

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(Peter Hingley)

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(Bob Shearer) NMMC 2002


c1880s


After restoration at SBA Beaulieu Rally, 1978