The Vessel

During ‘Project Waimarie’, the original design and manufacturing methods were followed as closely as possible, though the restored vessel complies with all modern safety standards.

She still boasts covered and open sun decks, two saloons, two toilets and a galley.

Her original engines have been reconditioned and are still in use today. All the hull plates were cold riveted – with approximately 40,000 rivets.

Her specifications

General

  • Gross Tonnage – 80 tons
  • Register Tonnage – 53 tons
  • Waterline Length – 100.2 ft
  • Waterline Breadth – 16 ft
  • Propulsion Side Paddles – 2
  • Speed – 10.5 knots
  • Passengers – up to 80 (110 for private cruises)
  • Mandatory crew – 6

Engine

  • Makers Yarrow & Co, Poplar, London, 1889
  • Engines Two single-cylinder, double acting, non-condensing, inclined horizontal with Gooch valve gear
  • Bore & stroke 9″ x 24″ – 86 IHP
  • Drive Direct to paddle shaft
  • Cruising revs 42rpm
  • Cruising speed 6-7 knots
  • Max rpm – 70
  • Max speed 11 knots
  • Reconditioned in Wanganui and tested on 10 May 1999

Boiler

  • Yarrow water tube boiler
  • Working pressure 160psi
  • Max. evaporation rate 8000 Ib/hr
  • Grate area 14 sq ft
  • Water tubes 1 1/4 dia x 616
  • Coal consumption 4 cwt/hr