View Full Version : Lake Windermere Steamboat Museum status

07-02-2008, 04:13 AM
Barbie (the mrs) and I are off to England in September to see the sights for our 25th anniversary. We were wondering if anyone has more information on the Steamboat Museum, and how the restoration of the boats is coming along... we'd hoped to visit there, but learned early on that the museum had closed...

Our trip itinerary is here:

07-02-2008, 04:53 AM

I just phoned the museum to check, and it's going to remain closed for a while (i.e. several years). However, in the future they hope to give limited access. Here's their website:-

If you're still going to go there, I'd suggest Ambleside as a 'nicer' place to stay than Bowness.

I noticed you have Portsmouth on your itinerary. HMS Warrior is worth seeing. Also, there are good views of the dockyard and surrounding area from the Spinnaker Tower. There's a submarine museum nearby, although I haven't been. Despite its excellent museums, I wouldn't think that Portsmouth itself is a particularly nice place for an overnight stay.

Some photos of Portsmouth's boats here:-

Submarine museum:-

07-02-2008, 06:16 AM
You certainly have an extensive itinery, I hope you have a fantastic vacation.

There's a submarine museum nearby,

The submarine museum is on the other side of the Harbour accessed by the Gosport Ferry. It comprises an extensive static array of Sumarine technology from the inception of subs to near present day and the doyen of the establishment is HMS Alliance, a 1950's conventional diesel-electric submarine which has walk through access. My almost father-in-law is on the board of trustees for the museum.


07-02-2008, 07:49 AM

Kempton Park Pumping Station has steaming days on 20 & 21 September, when you happen to be in London:-


07-02-2008, 09:47 AM
And don't forget YORK, National Railway Museum.
Regards Ian.


Mark McGrath
07-02-2008, 10:51 AM
You can always visit Scotland and have a sail in a real steamship in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.



07-02-2008, 11:13 AM
If you pass through London, The Globe theater has a set of hand forged gates on the bank side of the Thames River.
I am an artist Blacksmith (ABANA) and have a forged Griffin on the gates.
There are over one hundred animals and and motifs all representing subjects of Shakespeare's plays. These were donated by Blacksmiths from around the world.
Two British artist Blacksmiths Brian Russell and Richard Quinnell built and incorporated the donated components onto the beautiful gates!
One of these days I'll go there myself.
Paul Farley

07-03-2008, 12:29 AM
Thanks for the great input, everyone:

Asquith, thanks for looking into the Museum for us... we're indeed considering changing to Ambleside; looks nicer and fits better w/ our revised itinerary.

The Warrior has also been added, and we're rejiggering the London schedule so I can take in the Kempton Park Pumping Station while it's operating.

We're going to have to pass on York and Scotland this trip as we're a little over booked as it is :-). Barbie makes it to England every other year or so, shepherding a bunch of middle schoolers around; this will be my first visit.
We hope to make other trips in the future...

We're doing a Thames pub walk in London that goes right past the Globe... given that I much enjoy blacksmithing (although I'm not very good at it yet),
we'll be sure to check out those gates.

Thanks again, everyone!

- Bart

10-11-2008, 09:53 PM
Well, we had a great time on our trip... and thanks again to everyone for their excellent suggestions. Pictures are up, organized by date using the trip planning calendar:


There are interesting steam/technology bits on most days...

Seeing the Bounty's ship's chronometer in Greenwich was a real surprise...

- Bart

10-12-2008, 04:11 AM

I've just lost half an hour engrossed in your album! Thanks for letting us share your trip.

I admire your restraint in taking photos of pints of ale before supping!

Glad you found the mouth-watering Borough Market in London.

I was intrigued by the steam gun. What ..... ?

So many impressive images, like the huge crank rotating on the Kempton engine.

Thanks again for presenting so many excellent photos and interesting observations.

10-12-2008, 09:51 AM

I have just spent a pleasant hour or two perusing your photographs of your trip to the UK. I was pleasantly surprised to see your photos of the Turf Tavern in Oxford, as I was there only four days before your visit. My wife and I had spent the morning at one of our sons graduation ceremonys at his university, and afterwards at his suggestion we went to the Turf Tavern for our lunch and a pint of excellent bitter. (could only have one pint as I had to drive home afterwards :( ) This pub was one of his regular watering holes while he was at university. I would never have found it otherwise!

Malc. :cool:

10-12-2008, 04:48 PM

Many thanks also.


10-12-2008, 04:55 PM
Windermere is a Mere, not a Lake.
There are only a couple of Lakes in the lake district, most are Tarns & Meres, Google it & learn,

10-12-2008, 06:45 PM
No point telling us. Tell the Lake District National Park Authority.


10-12-2008, 07:12 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments! I'm relaying them to my wife, who took most of the pictures and did all the web site work... Waiting to quaff the first pint at the end of a long day while pictures were taken was indeed difficult.
We ate almost all of our evening meals in pubs; we would ask the B & B owners about good pubs, and were never disappointed. Barbie and I miss chatting w/ people from all over and drinking a good bitter. I think the English pub culture is a real treasure, along with those marvelous cask ales such as Wells Bombardier, Fursty Ferret or Young's Special... and those ales provide another great reason to use public transport :-).

- Bart

Norman Atkinson
10-13-2008, 03:09 AM
Greetings, John,

Sad to think that even Bass'Lake isn't really a lake.
So we get an 'expert' who is capable of Googling and precious else.
So geologically, Bass Lake and Derwentwater are one!

The River Derwent rises in Patterdale, into Derwentwater and through the Keswick, Portinscale area where it is joined by the River Greta etc and into Bass Lake.
Thereafter it is joined by the River Cocker and flows into the Irish Sea at Workington.

In really bad weather, the two stretches of water become one again. After all, the separation is only alluvial deposits carried down by the Greta over the centuries.

So Mr NickH, this is from 'Laker'stock, my paternal great grandfather lived -and poached in Cockermouth whilst my maternal great grandmother was school mistress in John Peel's village which was Caldbeck- not Troutbeck.

I lived- and worked in the Lake District.

'NickH' is a very respected name in Windermere- coincidently. Oddly, he is my neighbour in a sense!

Please- the other NickH, get it right.
Put your Google away and 'Lake wi'lahl lasses'

Nice model engineering club in 'Wook-ing-ton' incidentally.