A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.

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A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896,
Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 38,000
Amended
A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896,
Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
Hull of plank on frame construction in mahogany, walnut and lime wood, varnished to the waterline and painted below. With a gold caveta and decorative scrollwork to bow and beak head. Laid foredeck with life ring and painter, which lifts off to access the water tank. Forward cockpit with floor gratings and side bench seating, fitted with leather cushions and striped timber panelling. Central steering wheel. Engine space with timber clad central locomotive style boiler and white funnel, working Windermere steam kettle. Compound steam engine with glazed hinged cover and brass rails. A stoker's space to starboard, with hand wheel steering and folding seat and bunker space which houses the radio control gear. Walk space to port, which lifts for access to gas fuel bottle. Main cabin with loco-style raised central roof, and glazed wheelhouse with wooden steering wheel. Toilet compartment to port and galley space to starboard, with black and white chequer flooring. Main saloon with green carpet, curtains and velvet buttoned cushions. Aft cockpit with leather cushions and canvas awning. Aft deck with flagstaff and emergency steering post, fitted with a hatch to access the steering servo.

Engine: a specially commissioned twin cylinder, double acting, high performance working steam engine, designed to match the appearance of the full-size original, wooden lagging, mechanical feed pump and lubricator, onboard water reservoir. Specially constructed gas fired boiler with sight glass, clack valve, safety valve, regulator valve, pressure gauge and two auxiliaries. Tested to 85psi. Fitted with a Futaba radio control unit, for steering, throttle and whistle. 57 1/2 x 14 x 15 1/2ins (146 x 36.5 x 40cm) The model: 50ins (127cm) long

Footnotes

  • A superlative example from the hands of this master model maker. Townsend built several copies of this model, the first commissioned for the new Windermere Steamboat Museum 1977.

    SL Branksome was built for Mrs Edina Howarth of Langdale Chase by Brockbank of Windermere and launched as the Lily in 1896. One of the most luxuriously appointed steam launches on the lake; she cost almost four times that of most similar sized vessels and resided in a specially built boathouse. Mrs Howarth kept her until 1919 and she then passed to the Cowburn family, and was sold to George Pattinson, the founder of the Windermere Steamboat Museum around 1962. Fully restored by Pattinson and then the Museum, she was privileged to carry both HRH Prince Phillip (in 1966) and HRH Prince Charles in 1977 when the Steamboat museum was opened. Still in commission, she will feature in the new Windermere Jetty Museum, which is due to open in 2017.

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A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
A superb radio controlled model of the Steam Launch 'Branksome', 1896, Built by Keith Townsend of Annan, Fife in 1992, to a scale of 1:12, serial number 007.
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