Metric units


Status: Active use

Owner: Kim Truong

Area: France


Open Launch. Construction: GRP.
Hull model: Frolic 21 designed by Steam & Electric Launch Co. Ltd. in 1987
Built 1987 by Steam & Electric Launch Co. at Wroxham
Fit out 1988 by John Tilley
LOA: 21' 2", Beam: 5' 8", Draft: 1' 8", Displacement: 2200 lbs.
White, varnished deck and interior, wheel and tiller steering. GRP canopy.


Kingdon type VFT Built 1988 at Storrington
Fuel: Coal, Pressure: 175 psi,
Steel 121 Copper tubes.
condensing, engine driven pump, injector, steam feed pump, feed water heater, Windermere kettle, whistle,
Hypro Engine driven feed pump, monkey feed pump, keel condenser, Windermere kettle No.1 size.


Compound. 2 1/4" + 3 1/2" X 2 1/2"
Built 1987 by John Tilley
Designed by: Cyril Taylor
sv valve. SLRG valve gear.
Power: 3 HP
On 6 turned columns, 3IHP at 400 rpm


Stainless Steel, 3 blades, 16" X 24"
Shaft: 7/8" Stainless Steel
Built by John Tilley


Launch and steam engine built by John Tilley, first steamed May 1988. Steamed 500 miles each year since. Owner change in 2015, move to France, according to the French sea boat registration in Brest.

Rendez-Vous de L'Erdre - Sucé / Erdre - Aug 2015

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On sea at Brest 2016 Old Boat Festival

On sea at Douarnenez 2016 Old Boat Festival

Chantilly on new trailer arriving in France, at Canal de Nantes à Brest

Canal de Nantes à Brest, July 2015

Canal de Nantes à Brest, July 2015