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Steam launch "S.L.Merlin" - stock code 8134

Steam river launch "S.L.Merlin", it's recently arrived in part exchange for a traction engine. Last used around ten years ago, it's been stored dry indoors since.

Boiler has been tested, we had it in steam earlier in the week - there's a clip of it here. Engine is a Reeves Commander, runs well, with twin pumps keeping the boiler filled - there's an industrial size hand pump as well if required, pumping into 150psi certainly gives you a decent workout!

Air pump fitted between the water pumps, exhaust into hot well beneath one of the seats (the warmest place to sit on a cool day). The launch is fitted with a keel condenser.

There's a Windermere kettle plumbed in forward of the boiler - I can speak for its efficacy, had a decent cup of tea made from it in double quick time yesterday. 

Complete with a galvanized transport and launching trailer, along with drawings for the engine and comprehensive notes showing the plumbing.
length/inches 183
width/inches 14-Mar
bore x stroke/inches 2 + 3 x 2 1/2
cylinder material cast iron
valve type slide
valve gear Stephensons
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
boiler number 93830, marked at funnel base
year built 1993
boiler maker Swindon Boilers
CE mark n/a - pre-2002
working pressure/psi 150
boiler type vertical water tube
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 17-Sep-2022
steam test valid to 10-Dec-2019
mechanical pump 2
hand pump 1