Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Steam Boat Kariat

Moored in Cowes Yacht Haven the steam boat Kariat.

She is clearly a working steam vessel rather than a polished museum piece as demostrated by these photos of her engine and coal fired boiler.

Her details are recorded on the Steam Yacht Association of  Great Britain, built as an open fast launch in 1897, she is a local boat designed and built across the Medina River at East Cowes by the Liquid Fuel Engineering Co. Ltd.

 LOA: 35', Beam: 6' 9". Carvel pitch pine on oak frames

Designed speed 12 knots.

Long and thin she looks lovely even in the restrictive environment of the marina, the Union Jack on the Columbine shed across the river (painted for Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977) makes a fitting backdrop.


  1. I think I may have seen her firing up the boilers the morning I came back from Cowes - very evocative smell as I went past... steam engines.... :o)

  2. As in "What's brown and steaming and comes out of cowes?" - The Isle of Wight Ferry !!

  3. What's white and comes out of cowes in waves?
    Duke of Edinburgh's yacht...

  4. Never know quite what to call that thing on the other side of the dock. (Oh, Michael, that's not a nice thing to say...). Strange bedfellows.

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