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.
Make and date unknown - previously fitted to Truslove pump serial No.
4504 by St Botolphs Engineering Works Ltd., Colchester.
Single cylinder, 2¼" 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.
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.
Fitted out by Geoff Thurston to his own requirements for use on the
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.
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.