MV Teal on Lake Windermere with Langdale Pikes in the background

Iconic vessel MV Teal takes time out of Windermere for preservation work

Published: 21st November 2023
Categories: Media Release

The largest “steamer” ever built for Windermere is to be taken out of the lake to undergo work to preserve her for future generations to enjoy.

The 87-year-old MV Teal, which weighs 251 tonnes, will be moved onto one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ slipways at the beginning of December to undergo the programme of maintenance.

Teal on the slipway at Lakeside in 2020 as part of the vessel's winter maintenance.

📷: Teal was last brought out of the water in 2020 for some essential maintenance.

John Woodburn, Operations Director at Windermere Lake Cruises, says: “It’ll be a delicate operation to get this historic vessel out of the water.

“Windermere has to be flat calm for us to complete the manoeuvre and the exact timing will depend on weather conditions. She needs to be in the exact centre of the slipway, so we need to choose the optimum moment when conditions are calm.”

Maintenance work will include updates to the vessel’s anchor deployment system and life-raft storage. The programme of work will ensure the vessel, a member of the UK’s National Historic Fleet, continues to meet Maritime and Coastguard Agency legislation which has just been updated. She will also have new freshwater tanks fitted, new communication links between the bridge, bar and shop and she’ll be freshly painted to make sure she is looking her best for passengers when she returns to service early next year.

July 2013: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after a cruise on MV Teal

The late Queen sailed on her twice during her long reign - first in August 1956 when she and The Duke of Edinburgh cruised from Ambleside to Bowness.

Nearly sixty years later, in July 2013, Her Majesty enjoyed a second cruise on the vessel when she was joined by The Princess Royal for a trip from Bowness to Brockhole.

MV Teal was built by Vickers Armstrong in Barrow-in-Furness and originally launched on Windermere on 4 July 1936. The vessel, which is on the UK’s Register of National Historic Ships, currently carries up to 533 passengers and like her sister ships, Swan and Tern, is named after one of the bird species which makes its home around the shoreline of England’s largest natural lake.

Watch the launch of MV Teal

(video courtesy of British Pathe News)

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