Richard W

SL William Bowring...

William Bowring was a pioneer on the Murray River system, operating a general store at Wentworth , NSW and a fleet of paddle steamers and barges, mainly on the Darling River. The owner's father worked for Willam Bowring and Co. at Wentworth, managing the store for many years.

LOA 6 metres, draft around 200 mm depending on load. Hull is built from 9 mm ply with glass/epoxy inside and out. Flotation compartments fore and aft and with two steering positions. Steam powered by owner-built boiler and engine. Boiler is copper cored Yarrow three drum inside a stainless steel case. Engine is 2 cyl high pressure with Meyer Valve gear. Hull design is 'Rescue Minor' by Billy Atkin, based on the Seabright Skiff (flat bottom). Unique feature is the box keel with tunnel housing the prop and rudder. Design was chosen because of shallow draft, light weight and low power requirement. The flat bottom makes the hull very easy to launch and retrieve from/to the trailer - wheel axles can be kept out of the water.

Stampedes along very well.