We started our holiday in the Lake District with a visit to the slightly oddly
Steamboats and Museum - to be honest mostly for the Swallows & Amazons
But the core of the museum is the steamboats, which were impressive, although
being a bit
isolated from the visitor and crammed together prevented them being seen in
their full glory.
Coch-y-bonddhu, one of Arthur Ransome's dinghies, and the model for
Scarab in The Picts and the Martyrs
The centreboard in Cocky.
Lucy inspects the dinghy, with its scarab flag.
The dinghy Mavis, better known to Ransome fans as Amazon
Amazon was varnished in the books rather than painted white, but
otherwise she is the boat as described
Some of the other exhibits are these powerboats, many of which are
record-holders for some obscure-sounding classes. Even some dating from the
1980s were made with wooden hulls, which was surprising.
Outside, the steam bus providing a link between the museum and Bowness itself.
Outside lies Esperance, the oldest twin-screw boat in the world and the
oldest boat on the Lloyds Register of Yachts. But most significantly, she was
the inspiration for Captain Flint's houseboat.
"He's got a cannon!" - probably a retired pirate.