Saving the Mary Gordon

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Said to be the oldest electrically powered craft still in existence, the Mary Gordon river boat is being restored to carry passengers on the Fossdyke in Lincoln. She was built at Eel Pie Island on the Thames in 1898 of teak planking on oak frames.

Electric launches were very popular around the end of the 19th century, and the Mary Gordon was one of the largest: at 52ft in length she could carry 75 adults or 120 children in comfort.

For more riverboats 

Mary Gordon

electric boat, electric launch, pleasure boat, boat restoration


Got an hour to waste? Here’s a great place to do it…

If you haven’t visited before, the National Register of Historic Ships is a real find, and is enough to keep any hardened boat nut busy for hours.

Adrian Morgan

Adrian Morgan’s award winning boatbuilding, complete with galleries of restoration projects and new builds:

The faering below was designed by Iain Oughtred to be built from solid wood rather than ply, and there’s no doubt that Adrian has done a great-looking job of building it. When you go to his site, look out also for his other projects including a Folkboat, and a collection of articles for Classic Boat and others. Well worth a look, I’d say.

Adrian Morgan Faering project

boatbuilder, boatyard, faering