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Witch of Endor

Status: Active use

Owner: Peter Cowie


Area: Australia


Open Launch. Construction: Kauri frames, Surian strip planked, sheathed with .
Hull model: Designed by Owner designed by Peter Cowie at Sydney, Australia in 2003
Built 2005 by Alkira Boatshed at Toronto, NSW
Fit out 2005 by Alkira Boatshed & owner at Toronto, Lake Macquarie, NSW Australia
LOA: 26' 0", LWL: 23' 0", Beam: 7' 6", Draft: 2' 6", Displacement: 4000 lbs.
Counter stern


Keyhole WT Designed by John Davis,
Built 2003 by John Davis Steam Engineering
Fuel: Coal, Pressure: 185 psi, Grate area: 1.8 sqft, Heating area: 25 sqft, Output: 200 lbs/hr,
14" dia X 24" long Steel drum(s). 78 X 5/8" dia Copper tubes. Welded steel drums, copper generator tubes with Co construction,
condensing, engine driven pump, forced draft fan, hand pump, injector, Windermere kettle, whistle, siren,
Crosshead driven feed pump, circulating pump & ap, .3/8" Penberthy injector, inboard surface condenser consisting of 2 x 6' lengths of concentric 1½" and 2" copper tubes is fitted beneath the sole. There are 98 x .5/8" copper water tubes above the firebox between the two stayed end plates. The steam drum is 14" diameter. There is a 6" vertical flue through the steam drum. Circulating water is supplied by a reciprocating pump of 1¼" diameter driven off the IP crosshead (4" stroke) giving about 10 gallons per minute at 300rpm. A small amount of air is introduced in the intake to cushion the pump.


Triple Expansion. 2 3/4" + 4 3/8" + 6 1/2" X 4"
Built 2004 by Peter Cowie at Sydney, Australia
Design: TE by: Elliott Bay Steam Launch Co.
pv on HP & IP, sv on LP valve. SLRG with double-bar marine links valve gear.
Power: 7 HP
Castings bought from EBSLC in 2000, Numerous modifications to original design, essentially completed by December 2003 and steamed for the first time. Displayed complete with Australian Cedar lagging and finishing touches under steam at the 2003Sydney Wooden Boat Festival in March 2004 Crankshaft fabricated by shrink fitting (see Funnel 113 p23) The engine produced 7.2BHP @300rpm and 180psi on the dynamometer in May 2005


Bronze, 3 blades, Right Hand, 20" X 33"
Shaft: 1 1/4" Stainless Steel


New boat, launched December 2005. She steams regularly on the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater, Cowan Creek, Berowra Creek and has been trailered to Sydney Harbour on two occasions. In February 2016 the 'Witch steamed from Brooklyn to Sydney, a journey "outside" of approximately 30Nm in the Tasman Sea to attend the Timber Boat Festival at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Last Modified: 2021.03.24.

Steaming up Mooney Mooney Creek


Hawkesbury River

Engine & Boiler

Sydney Wooden Boat Festival 2006

Mooney Creek 2007

Steaming to Berowra Creek



(Peter Cowie) Half-model 2004

(Peter Cowie) Half-model 2004