Steam Ship George Stephenson on the Thames

Seen heading up the river Thames on Saturday 6th June was a rather interesting vessel.

George Stephenson (5) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

Named the George Stephenson it is a new-build steam vessel that has been planned and constructed by a Dutch businessman by the name of Servaas Strik.

The keel was laid in November 2007 and it is coming to St Katharine Docks marina in London for her official christening on 12th June.

George Stephenson (10) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

What makes this vessel especially interesting is the combination of using very traditional engineering techniques but more importantly making use of salvaged components from a huge variety of vessels – either directly or as raw materials.

For example, the propellers are made from a smelted down screw from the former French Navy aircraft carrier Clemenceau whilst there are doors from the RMS Windsor Castle on board. Some of the wood is also reported to have come from a former Thames paddle-boat!

George Stephenson (11) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

Whilst her lines might please some and offend others what cannot be denied is that a massive amount of time and effort have been put in to creating a unique piece of floating history and fitting that she has sailed along the Thames with it’s own long history of maritime engineering.

George Stephenson (17) @ Gallions Reach 06-05-15

More details can be seen on their Facebook page here and some more pictures can be seen here.

Update 13th June 2015

The SS George Stephenson has now left London bound for Rotterdam – as she passed Woolwich (and the Sailing Vessel Wylde Swan) she sounded her steam whistle.

SS George Stephenson @ Gallions Reach 13-06-15

6 thoughts on “Steam Ship George Stephenson on the Thames

  1. David Gray

    Great to see teh George Stephenson past under Tower Bridge twice today and then to see her moored in St Katherine’s Dock later on – loved the steam whistles, very musical and a bit of fun


  2. Bianca Korten

    I just see your article about our vessel and I’m so proud and thankful.
    We had the most beautiful, amazing experience in London.
    The SS George Stephenson is attending at the moment SAIL AMSTERDAM
    but shortly second week of September we will be back in London/St Katherine’s Dock
    Pls like us on Facebook, Stoomboot George Stephenson and you will follow our experiences

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  3. Bianca Korten

    We are in London and tomorrow we will be a part of the Royal River Salute & The St. Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival. If you want to make some picture’s, visit us, learn something about our beautiful steamvessel or maybe write about us. You are more then welcome to visit us this weekend in the St. Katharine’s Docks London

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