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Windermere Steamboat Museum
Dolly originally steamed on Windermere, she sunk on Ullswater in the
great frost of 1895 where she lay forgotten until 1960. When she was
recovered in 1962, her boiler was still in good condition and she used
it to get up steam for another ten years. The Guinness Book of Records
lists Dolly as the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world.
Osprey was originally a steamboat, although she has now been converted to diesel power. Her engine was probably first installed in Water Viper, which is also here at the Museum. Osprey's sister ship, S. L. Swallow, is used for passenger cruises.
is the oldest boat on the Lloyds Register of Yachts. She was built on
the Clyde for H. W. Schneider, a local industrialist who lived at the
Belsfield in Bowness. Her hull is made from the finest grade iron
produced by Schneider's company. She was used as 'Captain Flint's
Houseboat' in the BBC version of Ransome's "Swallows and