Motor Vessel (MV) Jane is a motorboat built in 1937 by the Chris Craft Corporation of Florida, USA. Jane was imported into Britain by Arthur Bray, the British Chris Craft concessionary. The boat was exhibited at the 1938 Motorboat Show, where the owners said she had won the “Motorboat of the Year Award”.
Chris Crafts, Rivas and similar vessels were popular on Windermere throughout the 1930s. During the Second World War many private vessels similar to Jane were commandeered by the Home Guard and repainted grey for anti-aircraft patrols on the lake. Later in her life she was acquired by Viscount Cross who moved Jane nearer to his home in the south of England. In 1975 Cross began negotiations with George Pattinson, for transferring the vessel to his collection and returning her to Windermere.
Jane is now being conserved and has had a new veneer added to the hull. This will give her added strength and make the boat watertight without affecting the original timber on the hull. Our team has researched the original paint colours used by Chris Craft and she has been returned to her rich red livery. In October 2017, Jane’s chrome work was fitted. Her new seats arrived from America, made by Jane’s original builders Chris Craft.
When the museum opens, Jane will be on display in the boathouse. The original engine is once again operational so Jane may be seen cruising the lake demonstrating her 1930’s style. MV Jane will also be available for unique and exclusive boat trips for two.
|Builder||Chris Craft, Florida, USA|
|Engine||6 cylinder Chris Craft, 95 bhp at 3600 rpm|