The Lady in Red | Windermere Jetty

The Lady in Red

Seventy years since she stole hearts at a motorboat show, MV Jane is set for a stunning return to the limelight.

Exhibited in 1938, the motor vessel was said to have won a Motorboat of the Year award.

Jane was commandeered by the Home Guard during the war and repainted grey for anti-aircraft patrols on the lake.

Jane has been lovingly restored by our conservation team. Now in her original livery, she is almost ready to turn heads again.

Her new seats have been shipped in from America, made by Woodies Restorations in Kentucky. Woodies found a boat only one removed from Jane in serial number and in very original condition which they went to see in order to replicate the seats.

Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opens later this year. It’s all hands on deck as conservators work on historic vessels ready to go on show.

MV Jane, Canfly and Branksome are getting ready to dazzle in the new museum.

Canfly was built in 1922 and was powered by a Rolls Royce engine which was formerly in a WW1 air ship.

The boat raced regularly on the lake and was the official’s boat during record attempts, including Sir Henry Segrave’s tragic world waterspeed record in 1930, when she raced to the scene of the accident in time to rescue the only survivor.

Extensive work to the opulent steam launch Branksome is almost complete and she'll move into the museum early summer.

Stephen Beresford, senior conservation boat builder, said: “We are really pleased with conservation progress to date. These three boats will look absolutely stunning when the new museum opens.”