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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.

Plain Sailing!

Historic boats get ready for their big day.

 
Conservation work on several historic vessels is gathering pace at Windermere Jetty.
 
One of the first boats to move from conservation to the new museum is the gem of the collection - Branksome.
 
Built in 1896 as a luxuriously designed vessel for use on Windermere, Branksome is a unique example of Victorian panaché and engineering.
 

Osprey is Reintroduced to the Water

The Windermere Jetty team reached a fantastic milestone on 11 January, placing Osprey into the water for the first time for almost 10 years. Steam Launch (SL) Osprey was built in 1902 in Bowness and after many years out of service, she has required extensive restoration to bring her back to her former glory.

Site Progress - December

2017 has been an incredible year for the progress of the Windermere Jetty project, with huge developments in the construction of the new buildings. Here we reflect on how far the project has come since January.

Conservation Progress - November

Penelope II is now the main focus for the Conservation team, who are restoring her ready to be used for boat trips when the Museum opens.

Penelope II was built by Borwicks of Bowness for a local family and used mainly to follow the Royal Windermere Yacht Club races. With a straight bow and cruiser stern, Penelope II looks like a traditional Windermere steam launch but she has always run on a motor engine.

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