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Frances Ann

Owner: Dr K & Dr P Cuthbert

Area: UK-Wales


Launch. Construction: GRP.
Hull model: Rose designed by Bill Durham in 1968
Built 2008 by Beckmann Boatshop Ltd. at USA
Fit out 2014 by Peter Cuthbert at Sandbach
LOA: 20' 0", Beam: 4' 6", Displacement: 1197 lbs.
For details of the weights of the components see the Steamboating Forum: []


Yarrow type 3-drum WT Designed by Dick Bradford after Anthony Beaver,
Built 2008 by Frank Cooke at Steventon, Oxon, OX13 6AW
Fuel: solid fuel, Pressure: 150 psi,
Steel tubes. welded construction,
condensing, engine driven pump, hand pump, injector, Windermere kettle, whistle,


Vee twin.
Built 2003 by John Wynn
Designed by: John Winn


Bronze, 3 blades, 18" X 28"
Shaft: 1" bronze
Beckmann Boatshop narrow blade propeller.


Hull ordered from Beckmann Boatshop in 2008. Shipped from the USA on a road trailer to Southampton. Fitted out design and completion 2009 - 2013. Boiler and engine fitted then moved to Coniston for steam plant fit out. Design and implementation of steam plant by Greg Simpson 2014. Returned to Cheshire for re-fit 2016. Re-fit nearly completed 2020. Moved to Greg Simpson's boatyard due to downsize to Wales taking away garage storage space. Caring responsibilities mean that it is no longer possible to nip up to the Lakes to complete the boat. Now sold and understood to have been dismantled.

Added to the register: 2014.06.03. Last Modified: 2021.09.05.

Initial concept drawing


Work begins on the fitting out

Decks developing

Decks completed, minus the coaming.

Engine & boiler fitted with the help of the engine hoist

Hauling out onto the trailer.

Accommodation overview

Profiled at Coniston waterside car park

Coniston Regatta with SL Aurora

In action with Greg Simpson at the wheel