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Cygnet was saved by The Thames Boats Trust with the help of a PRISM fund grant from risk of modification and loosing its originality.
Cygnet is unaltered from its build date, probably because it lay stored and forgotten at Thornycroft's boatyard at Platts Eyot for 50 years and is unique because of this.
Achive collections of historic books drawings, photos, catalogues and related material.
This is a copy of a Sisson type triple expansion steam engine and is similar to those that were used in the Salters Steamers and many other boats around the country, including a few steamer launches on Windermere. An example of a 2nd class torpedo boat engine built at Thornycroft's Chiswick boatyard, in 1884, yard no 193.
This engine was fitted to a 63ft TB named HMQS Mosquito which was supplied to the Queensland Maritime Defence Force when Australia was still a British colony, The engine capable of 600 rpm is a condensing compound which has cylinders of 8¼" 13½" by 8" stroke, fitted with a direct driven condensate pump and geared twin service pumps (missing).
Static exhibit An example of a small boat two stroke petrol engine built at Henley by Stuart Turner, Stuart Turner produced a prolific variation and quantity of these small engines from their Henley works, built from about 1930's.
Purchased for future museum display as a static ehibit.
Complete with original machinery and cabin fittings, however for the last 15 years has been held at the Science Museums reserve store at Wroughton.
A potential static exhibit For National Historic Ships website click here for details of Donola The first Andrews slipper style Thames launch built in 1912 with an early twin cylinder Watermota petrol engine.
Smith Engineer of 11 West Street, Soho London." This engine pre-dates the more prolific Thames boat and engine builders such as Des Vignes, Thornycroft and Yarrow, and is the earliest marine steam engine we know.
Donated by a collector for display in a suitable museum as a static exhibit Morris Vedette four cylinder side valve petrol engine probably built in the late 1930's. Removed from a Thames Slipper launch, and is representative of the type fitted to these boats. Small Stuart Turner gas fired steam boiler used by Stuart Turner themselves for testing their model engines at their works in Henley Rescued from a skip in 2008 and donated to the trust for future display in a museum.
The launch was reputed to be capable of over 27mph. Saunders moved to the Io W and later became Saunders Roe.
Consuta was saved, restored and is managed by the Consuta Trust, and has been displayed in steam at many Thames public events since 2001. Consuta is to be displayed afloat in the wetdock as one of the working historic craft.
For Consuta website click here The oldest surviving and completely original small Thames steam launch.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating