Ben My Chree

Status: Undergoing renovation - Awaiting refit

Owner: Steven J. Harcourt, Wesley J. Harcourt


Area: USA West Coast

Name "Ben My Chree" means 'Woman of my heart' in Manx. John chose this name as his family hailed from the Isle of Man before emigrating to the US. This name has also adorned the transoms of no less than six ships of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Hull is an enlarged version of Panatela from "Steamboats and Modern Steam Lanuches" Commissioned and fitted out by John York of "York Compound" fame with the very first of his engines. In 1990 he removed the steam machinery and refitted with an antique Hicks 10hp gas engine. The engine, boiler, patterns, and drawings were all subsequently sold. The hull was bought by current owner in 2015. The original boiler was located at a friend's house in California. After much detective work, the original was located in engine in possession of Kent Lacey Connecticut. After much negotiating, and with the kindness and understanding of Mr. Lacey, we were able to purchase original engine and reunite the original machinery once again. In process of refitting all machinery and returning her to the water.


Status: Under Construction

Owner: Steven J. Harcourt, Wesley J. Harcourt


Area: USA

Hull purchased in Washington in 2004. Extensively repaired, replacing plates, and adding superstructure. Engine purchased in Sudbury, Ontario in 2006 and trucked back to California. Added condensate and feed pumps made from weldament to replace missing originals. Replaced cast iron LP piston with hollow aluminium one weighing 20lbs less! Working on replacing Slide Valves with Balanced Slide Valves. Hoping for a launch date in the Sacramento River Delta of November 2016

George H. Sandin

Owner: Steven J. Harcourt


Area: USA

Bare hull purchased and fitted out by Steven Harcourt. Originally powered by Harcourt designed and built 2-1/2+4x3" compound, and former vulcanizing plant vertical fire tube boiler. Engine and boiler changed to Scripps compound and Harcourt built Roberts style horizontal watertube in 1988. Boiler changed to Semple vertical firetube in 1992. New Scripps cylinder block fitted in 2014.

Wayward Belle

Owner: Wesley Harcourt


Area: USA

Designed and built by William Charles Grosjean of Poway, California over a period of 30+years. First launched in 1988. In continued refinement until health forced sale to current owner Wesley Harcourt of South Lake Tahoe, California in 2005. Flank speed confirmed via GPS with one aboard is 8 knots. Cruising speed of 6.5 knots with approx. 1/gal/hr fuel consumption. Seen on Discovery Channel's "Monster Garage" television show winning the race between the show's "Steam Up Sucker" project steam launch and the other steamboats of the 2005 B&W steamboat rally in Isleton, California.


Status: Steaming

Owner: The Shamrock Trust


Area: UK-North

Built by Shepherds of Bowness 1906. Originally fitted with a Sisson Triple. Owned by W. Birtwistle until 1929, C. Ashley 1930-4. Converted to motor 1948, used by Bowness Bay Boating Co. for tripping. Acquired, derelict Nov 1976, restored and new plant fitted by Roger Mallinson 1978-9. Engine built in 2001 by Roger Mallinson. The boiler came from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway River Irt, and was shortened and converted to side firing. After Shamrock was badly damaged in the floods of 2009, The Shamrock Trust was formed to raise funds for repairs. She was again damaged in the floods of 2015, and repaired under insurance. Shamrock is a member of the National Historic Fleet, certificate no 65. She is formally owned by the Trust, but continues to operate under the management of Roger Mallinson.

La Melinite

Status: Steaming

Owner: John Jewsbury

Area: UK-South East

Designed and built for Adian Birtles in 1992. Commissioned at Port Dinorwic 28th August 1993, then regularly steamed every year till laid up in 2001. Acquired by John Jewsbury August 2008 and extensively re-furbished. Bare wood restoration to topsides and varnished in traditional varnish. New boiler chassis and floor fabricated together with new feedwater heater and steam dryer elements by Glyn Lancaster Jones who made the original boiler. Extensively re-plumbed in copper to replace various stainless additions which had appeared after Adrian sold the boat to Bill Hattersley in April 1999. Bill used the boat regularly for just over a year then laid her up; selling her to John Jewsbury in 2008. Steamed and used every year since she was re commissioned in June 2010. Boiler retubed early 2021.


Owner: Paul Smith

Area: UK-Thames

New launch built in the Des Vignes style to suit the historic engine.


Status: Steaming

Owner: Dan McFarlane

Area: UK-East Anglia

Built at Hampton c 1904 allegedly by Burgoine. Hull rebuilt in 1954 by Eric Jordan and Peter Freebody at Woottens Boatyard, Cookham for J. B. Hickey, Richmond, who also owned Pierrette, Elfin and Rose ODea, and machinery re-fitted, with many original fittings and woodwork. She was re-planked in Teak (Prev. a 'pine')

1954 to 1971 J.B.Hickey (re-named COOKHAM DEAN)

1971 to 1973 John Churchill (re-named STROMBOLI)

1973 to 1979 Jonathan Minns (Wheel steering fitted)

1979 to 1991 The Hon W. H. McAlpine.(Folding screens added, reverted to her original name)

1991 to 2017 Robert and Tina Baker. (ref. Old Glory, March 1995)

Winner at various Thames Trad. Rallies of Thames Heritage Cup,Horsham Cleat and Reade Propeller trophies.


Status: Dismantled

Owner: R. & N. Powell

Area: UK-South East

Hull acquired, restored and plant fitted by Ken Slater, Shaldon 1957. 1968 owned by J.A. Crabtree. Acquired June 1975 by H.Graham Powell, cabin removed and re-designed as open cutter 1987 on River Avon at Bredon. Steamed each year since 1975, total c. 6000 miles. Dismantled in 2006, and hull scrapped. Machinery moved to new clinker built Puffin.

Chimera II

Status: Undergoing renovation

Owner: Peter Lee

Area: UK

Built in 2005 by John Winn, the boat was later owned by Mark Rudall before being purchased in November 2017 by the current owner.

Mary Jane

Status: Restoration - resting

Owner: Paul Andrews

Mary Jane was built as a tender in about 1885 by Guy and Sons of Cowes. Unknown whereabouts until fitted out as a steamer by Arthur Fildes, Windermere. Later owned by L.D. Goldsmith. c1972 N.Cole, Sidmouth. c1977 Anthony Jennings, Falmouth. 1987 to John and Roger Quarmby, laid up 1991-2000. Laid up with unnamed West Sussex owner, then acquired by current owner 2006, laid up since.


Status: Nearing Completion

Owner: Ian Richards

Area: UK-South West


Status: Steaming

Owner: Dave Biss

Area: UK-South West

Former fishing boat hull acquired June 1988; reconditioned and steam plant fitted by owners August 1989. First steamed at Royal Dart Regatta 1989. Recommissioned for 2000 and used several times. Hull & engine sold to Dave Biss (boiler removed to power a brewery!). New boiler fitted & boat recommissioned 2019.


Status: Steaming

Owner: D. Biss

Area: UK-South West

Steam plant removed 1996 & boiler re-used in Agenoria. Purchased Nov 1999 by Dave Biss & original engine re-installed with new boiler. 2021 boiler retubed & engine/pumps overhauled. Pending return to steam.


Status: Active use

Owner: A Familton and L Colsell

Area: New Zealand

A small launch built for pleasure based on a boat in the national museum in Wellington New Zealand. The Adams island Gig. The original hull left on the southern most island of the Auckland Islands, Adams Island in the 1800s to enable any shipwrecked sailors to row back to New Zealand. a trip in excess of 400 kms. Builder Russell Ward subsequent owners, Mark Balemi 1995 ,Kelvin Minchin 2007 A Familton & L Colsell 2019 Complete major engine overhaul 2020.

NY 7676 EF


Area: USA

A great learning experience over several years. Charlie Roth was my mentor.


Owner: Keith Ward

Area: UK-Midlands

New build 2010: The idea is to build a replica based on the original pre 1922 "Hasty". There will be differences that are necessary to make the boat into a viable leisure craft instead of a "Canal Loco" and some things won't be the same because of practicalities, for example, the draught will only be 38" whereas the original pre 1922 "Hasty" was more like 48" and the last tunnel tug named "Hasty" built in 1922 had a draught of 54" although a nice thought, a boat with such a deep draught wouldn't go far on today's canals.


Owner: Jeremy Clark

Area: UK-Solent

Original name John Bull Second hand hull acquired c1989, restored and steam plant fitted by C A Hellyer and first steamed 1990. Approx miles steamed; 1993 - 150; 1994 - 120; 1995 - 65; 1997 - 80; laid up 1998. Purchased by Jeremy Clark in 2011 and name changed to Egret. Boiler rebuilt with cunifer tubes by Kevin Slater of Manor Farm Engineering. Under hull condenser added by owner for use in salt waters of River Hamble. Woodwork stripped and re-varnished.