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Fiddler's Green

Status: Active use

Owner: Minns family

Area: UK-South West


Hull

Open Launch. Construction: GPR, and Marine plywood.
Fit out 1997 by A.H. Yacht Services at Exmouth
LOA: 15' 8", Beam: 5' 9", Draft: 1' 6",
Green above the waterline and white below with new mahogany coaming and gunnels in the style of a harbour launch. Originally called Miracle and painted red above WL, white below, externally; grey and white interior;

Boiler

Marine Helical WT Built 1997 by John Quick at Tiverton
Fuel: Coal, Pressure: 150 psi, Grate area: 1¾ sqft, Heating area: 14 sqft, Output: 180 lbs/hr,
condensing, engine driven pump, hand pump, steam feed pump, whistle,
1 hand fp; 2 engine driven fp; 1 auxiliary fp, Weir-type, 60 gals/hour; 1 vertical injector, 90 gals/hour. Keel condenser model 5V. Audible water level gauge fitted in parallel with sight glass.

Engine

Compound. 1.97" + 2.95" X 2.36"
Built 1984 by Fred Walton, Alex Ritchie, John Quick, R Goodchild
Design: Reeves Commander by: David Piddington
sv valve. SLRG valve gear.
Modified, mainly by A Ritchie, and J Quick. Fitted with multi-point mechanical lubrication. Runs at 450RPM @150psi.

Propeller

Bronze, 3 blades, Left Hand, 16" X 20"
Norris Propellers


History

Purchased by the Minns family in the spring of 2016. Owned for four years by Roger Hull, a boat-builder in Penarth, who added the beautiful woodwork to Miracle and changed her name to Fiddler's Green. Originally dreamed up by "two mad blind men" (their own words), late October 1983. Hull acquired 1996. Launched, and first trip, Spring 2004. Full account in Funnel 120, "A steam boating miracle."



Bristol harbour

Photos


Family Day


Waiting for passengers at Temple Meads


Bristol Harbour Festival


How do you keep them this shiny???


New crew member


Just a normal lunchtime at Hanham


Bristol 2020


Water taxi to Temple Meads


Fiddlers Green in her original livery as "Miracle"