Transport Sale | 09 April 2013
A 1/8th scale scratch-built live steam model of the saloon launch 'Donola', ...
Sold for £1500
A 1/8th scale scratch-built live steam model of the saloon launch 'Donola', the gas fired 'Yarrow type' copper boiler with fittings including pressure gauge, sight glass and steam control valve, powering a Stuart Turner D10 vertical marine engine with worm and gear driven water pump and ratchet oiler, hand feed pump, and linkage via universal joint to drive shaft with a brass four blade propellor and brass rudder, the mahogany constructed body with fore and aft passenger accommodation, brass handrails and copper lamps, 228cm long, 33cm wide; complete with tr ansportation box.
Please note: This was built by Mr Miller-Mead of Welwyn Garden City
Boiler History: Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies steam test certificate No.ST115380, working pressure 90 p.s.i. Valid until 20th February 2013.
Note (1): 'Donola' was built in 1893 by the Kingdom Yacht, Launch & Engineering Co. Ltd of Teddington for Alfred Palmer, of the Reading biscuit manufacturers Huntley & Palmer's. Originally known as 'Lodona' she was renamed circa 1912, having passed into the ownership of James Bigwood. Between 1920 and 1969 she served the Thames Conservancy as an inspection launch on the upper reaches of the river, before being presented to The National Maritime Museum.
Note (2): This model is one of only two known to exist of the launch. It has been exhibited at the Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace, London on three separate occasions, most recently in January 2012.
Tuesday 09 April 2013, 10.00am
6th April 9.00am - 12.30pm
8th April 9.00am - 6.00pm
9th April from 8.30am - 10.00am