Penelope II was built by Borwicks of Bowness for a local family. They used the boat mainly to follow the Royal Windermere Yacht Club races. With a straight bow and cruiser stern, Penelope looks like a traditional Windermere steam launch but has always run on a motor engine.
The launch was built between the two World Wars, in the style of a tradition launch but with the convenience of a modern motor engine. This was more easily maintained than the steam powered boiler.
Our conservation team began work on Penelope II in October 2017 and once restored, she will be taking visitors out for trips on the lake. For updates on her progress see our News pages.
|Builder||Borwicks of Bowness|
|Length||33ft 8in (10m)|
|Hull||Mahogany and oak|
|Engine||Beta marine diesel (formerly Morris Navigator Marine 4-cylinder petrol engine)|