Steam Launch Lady Elizabeth is believed to have been built by the Monarch Company of New York State around 1900 and transported to England soon after. Lady Elizabeth is believed to have been constructed as an early non-reversible motorboat. It was salvaged by George Pattinson in 1955 after sinking off Cockshott Point at Bowness. Pattinson restored Lady Elizabeth to use, often using it to fish for Char, a local delicacy.
She is a small steam launch, the builder of the engine is unknown but is thought to be based on a Stuart Turner, Stuart 5A type engine. The boiler is a Lune Valley type fired by paraffin and was built by Lune Valley Engineering in 1910. This company was based in nearby Lancaster and was one of the most prolific and innovative manufacturers of steam launches and machinery.
Lady Elizabeth has a lot of original material. She will be conserved for display in the boathouse but with as little intervention as possible. The interior will be carefully dismantled and stripped back to leave the hull planking and frames bare. This will then be treated with preservative to ensure there is no moisture in the vessel before repainting and revarnishing.
|Builder||Monarch Company of the New York State, USA|
|Hull||Wood carvel built|
|Engine||Single cylinder bore 2”, stroke 3”|
|Boiler||Lune Valley patent boiler and paraffin burner|