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Allison Marie

Status: Fettling needed - Not yet had time to work on it

Owner: Peter Winebloom

Area: UK-Midlands


Open Launch. Construction: Carvel ¾" Honduras mahogany on oak.
Built 1920
LOA: 23' 0", Beam: 5' 6",
Straight stem, transom stern, white, varnished teak deck and transom, plywood canopy on 8 brass stanchions, wheel steering.


VFT Designed by SBA,
Built 2013 by TRS Boiler Makers at Derbyshire
Fuel: Coal, Pressure: 200 psi,
Steel barrel. Steel tubes. Welded steel ,expanded tubes construction,
condensing, engine driven pump, hand pump,
An oil fired VWT boiler was fitted 1993. Since acquiring Allison Marie I had a new VFT-103 manufactured by Terry Statham of T.R.S Boiler Makers. This was completed in November 2013 and inspected and hydraulically tested to 300psi by SBA services. The boiler has since been fitted into Allison Marie and now sits on a new fabricated ash pan bolted to new oak boiler bearers.


Single. 3 1/2" X 3 1/2,"
Built 1974
sv valve. SLRG valve gear.
On 4 turned columns, Xhead driven fp, 200 rpm, Kcond. Formerly a circulating pump engine by A.G. Mumford.


4 blades, 16" X 36"
Shaft: 1" steel,


Hull acquired 1974 by D. C. Burnage, restored and re-ribbed at Bedford, steam fitted 1975-6, re-launched July 1976. Acquired by T. D. Casey July 1977. Ref Funnel 12. Acquired by V. Norman March 1987. Laid up 1998-9. I acquired Allison Marie from Mr Vic Norman in November 2008. She had been decommissioned as the engine and boiler had been removed and stored in-doors, however, the hull had been left outside at Rencomb Airfield near Cirencester, and therefore as a result of exposure to the elements she had suffered some deterioration. Between late 2012 and mid 2015 Kevin Halcrow of Lakeland Wooden Boats undertook a number of repairs to the hull. These included repairs to the transom top, replacing a 10ft section of shear plank, sections of the gunwhale, various sections of planking, fore and aft sections of garboards on both sides, removal and replacement of front sections of the keel and hog. All seams were raked out below the waterline and re-caulked with cotton and polyurethane sealant whilst seams above the waterline were splined with mahogany. Work has now commenced on fitting the steam plant and extending the prop shaft to suit the engine's new location.

Last Modified: 2017.12.29.

(R.J. Davis) River Thames, 1985


Following purchase from Vic Norman, collection day at Rencomb Airfield near Cirencester. A slow journey home as the wheel rims leaked so the tyres had to be pumped every 40 minutes! November 2008

Undergoing hull repair work at Lakeland Wooden Boats 2014

Undergoing hull repair work at Lakeland Wooden Boats 2014

Loaded up ready to find some water to see if she is watertight! Kendal 2015

Checking waterline with new boiler installed, and she is watertight! Ferry Nab Windermere 2015

Arriving home from Cumbria. 2016