Windermere Jetty has one of the most important collections of boats related to a single location worldwide. Originally brought together by George Pattinson, a private collector of steam launches and Founder of the Windermere Steamboat Museum, the collection now comprises over 50 vessels telling the story of boating on Windermere from 1780 to the present day.
The collection includes some of the finest examples of boatbuilding including Dolly, one of the oldest mechanically powered boats in the world; Margaret, the oldest sailing yacht in the UK; world record breaking speed boats; Esperance, one of boats that inspired Captain Flint’s houseboat in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons and even Beatrix Potter’s rowing boat.
The collection includes every type of wooden boatbuilding construction capturing a wealth of traditional boatbuilding techniques developed over hundreds of years. It charts the development of boat design and innovations in engineering. Many of the boats were made by local boatbuilders and it reflects the local history of Windermere.
To find out more and to explore some of the highlights from the collection that will be on display when the museum opens, choose a boat from the categories below.