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, PenelopeII looks like a traditional Windermere steam launch but she has always run on a motor engine.
In last month’s news, Osprey was about to have her boiler lifted in. With the boiler now in place the Conservation team will connect up the pipework, marking one of the final stages of her restoration.
Jane, who is looking increasingly striking with her beautifully crafted chrome work now fitted, will also have have her seats installed. A 1930s speedboat, Jane will be available for unique and exclusive boat trips for two from Windermere Jetty.
Last month a key milestone was reached with the Windermere Jetty buildings being connected to mains water and electricity. This has made way for the commencement of significant developments to the internal fit out of the buildings during September.
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. This coming month, we will reach the landmark milestone where Osprey will take to the water once again.
This month, the project will reach a number of milestones. With much of the building's structure complete, work can begin on the external landscaping, beginning with the area surrounding the entrance. In addition, the decking to the cafe terrace will be completed by the end of the month. The terrace area extends from the cafe and will provide a scenically stunning location on the lakeshore to enjoy locally sourced, homemade food and drink.
Internally, the wooden panelling in the main museum building is complete, giving the spaces a high quality wood finish.