Steam Launch
Owners: Bob & Caroline Shearer,
1997 - 2000
Members of the SBA
Rope line

Nov. 2000

SL Woodbine has
now been sold.

Woodbine on the R. Thames

Woodbine logoHull:

  • Built by Gibbs & Thurston, Limited Edition Steam Launches, London, 1989. Hull No. 1.

  • LOA 14' 6", LWL 13' 0", beam 4' 9", draught 1' 10" (4.4 x 4.0 x 1.4 x 0.6 m).

  • Based on the design of the12' 3" launch "Feeble" by Weston Farmer published in "The Rudder" magazine, December 1943 in the USA.

  • GRP, white and burgundy, varnished mahogany deck and interior, fantail counter stern, tiller steering.

Woodbine logoEngine:

  • Make and date unknown - previously fitted to Truslove pump serial No. 4504 by St Botolphs Engineering Works Ltd., Colchester.

  • Single cylinder, 2" bore x 2" stroke with four turned columns. Originally fitted with piston valve. Refitted with new cylinder and slide valve by G Thurston using castings for Trojan IV engine by R Holmes.

  • Stephenson Link Reversing Gear; eccentric driven feed-pump; Jabsco chain-driven, impeller air-pump; brass hotwell with automatic waterlevel control; keel condenser; 3-blade bronze propeller, 14" x 20"; Windermere kettle.

Woodbine logoBoiler:

  • Built by Morewood Engineering Ltd., Cheddar, 1988.

  • Blackstaffe type, 3-drum, 6-coil, horizontal water tube. Size No. 2. Working pressure 100 psi.

  • Propane fired with two Aeromatic-Barter burners. Fuel capacity: 3 x 3.9 kg. Gas installation to EA/BWB regulations.

Woodbine logoHistory:

  • Fitted out by Geoff Thurston to his own requirements for use on the River Lee.

  • Originally fitted with Stuart Turner 5A engine. First steamed 1990.

  • Purchased by Chapman Fraser & Co. Ltd., Leicester, 1993. Temporarily known as Ceeflex.

  • Purchased by present owner October 1997. Used on River Thames.

Woodbine logo Further details:

  • Featured in Classic Boat magazine, August 1991, pp55-57.

  • Sister ships in steam - Castella, Chatwin, Cocotte, Combination, Jenny Wren, Pipedream. See SBA Steamboat Register. About 17 hulls were taken from the mould before it was decommissioned.

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The design of "Feeble" also appears in the newly reprinted "Steamboats and modern steam launches" by Bill Durham, one of the Elliott Bay Classics.

Photographs of

Photographs of
her Engine

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