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.
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.
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.