A working scale model of the Steam Launch BAT 1891 Case: 45x12x16.5ins.(114x30x42cm)
Lot 391* W
A working scale model of the Steam Launch BAT 1891
Case: 45x12x16.5ins.(114x30x42cm)
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 26,041) inc. premium

Lot Details
A working scale model of the Steam Launch BAT 1891 Case: 45x12x16.5ins.(114x30x42cm) A working scale model of the Steam Launch BAT 1891 Case: 45x12x16.5ins.(114x30x42cm)
A working scale model of the Steam Launch BAT 1891
Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Dumfriesshire in 1986 to a scale of 1:8, one of a series, serial number 005.

Hull of timber, plank on frame, painted white to the waterline and red below with a dark green boot top, a varnished top strake with a gold leaf caveta. Fitted with a three blade brass propeller. Laid timber decks with notched king plank and wide mahogany covering boards.

Engine: Specially developed compound, with 3/8in stroke, six columns. Balanced web crank shaft with split big end bearings, five bearings, the outer two being miniature ball races. Copper vertical boiler with mahogany cladding, incorporating a heat sink and low-profile gas burner, from special propane tank (not included). Fitted with level glass, safety valve, pressure gauge, steam whistle and Windermere kettle.

Forward cockpit, lined with beaded panelling and fitted with slatted mahogany bench seats, central engine space, with removable laid decks for access to gas cylinder, engine and radio control gear for engine, steering and whistle. Aft cockpit lined with beaded panelling and fitted with slatted mahogany bench seats. There is a removable green surrey top on brass poles. Inventory includes a custom travelling case with steaming cradle, a polished slate and brass static display plinth, radio control transmitter and charger, toolbox and documentation. Together with a glazed display case. The model: 41x10x12in(104x25.5x30.5cm)
Case: 45x12x16.5ins.(114x30x42cm)

Footnotes

  • This is a superlative example of the work one of the finest model makers in the UK. Care of construction and painstaking attention to detail are evident throughout. Another example of this model is to be found in the Windermere Steamboat Museum collection.

    The steam launch BAT was built by Brockbank of Windermere to the design of her owner, Alfred Sladen in 1891. In 1904 she was used by Isaac Story and Jack Kitchen to conduct experiments in early radio control on the Lake, where she was steamed around the northern end with only a stoker on board. It is believed the first example of a vessel being controlled by radio. Found derelict at Bowness in 1966, she was rebuilt and now can be found in the Windermere Steamboat Museum.
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