Steam Launch

Otto, a Steam Launch


Windemere Steamboats Museum

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This elegant steam launch, which has a steel hull and a large triple-expansion steam engine capable of 18 mph, was built by Forestt and Sons at Wivenhoe on the River Colne in Essex. Originally called Grebe. it is an early example of a prefrabricated boat, made to be shipped in pieces and reassembled at the launch site. — Dick Sullivan

Related web resources

  • Windermere Steamboats Museum