Windermere Lake Cruises

Lakeside Windermere Ferries

Lakeside Windermere Ferries:

During the winter months at Lakeside, the boats belonging to Windermere Lake Cruises are taken out of service for their marine equivalent of an MoT.

Once the boats are out of the water their hulls are power washed to remove the green algae that has accumulated over the summer months.

After that, the deck boards are removed, and the vessels  are made available for inspection by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Their surveyor goes over the vessels with a fine toothcomb.

Lakeside Windermere Ferries

They check everything from the bilges and hull to the engines and steering to ensure everything is shipshape for the coming season.

Carrying out the winter maintenance programme is a responsible job.

The same people who sail the thousands of visitors on Windermere complete the winter maintenance.

Moreover, the captains and mate engineers, sail the 17 vessels through the summer months repair them in the winter.

The summer months see them wearing their uniforms and winter their boilersuits.

The big four -Teal, Swan, Tern and the new Swift- can only come out of the water at Lakeside near Newby Bridge.

Lakeside Windermere Ferries

Their smaller vessels dock at the company’s Ambleside boatyard for repairs.

At the moment, one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ most iconic vessels (pictured) is having a brand new bridge fitted.

The current bridge has been in place for the last 30 years.

Once repaired and back in the water, the boats operate for 364 days a year.

Incidentally, the MV Swan celebrates her 85th year this year. She was launched on June 10th, 1938.

Lakeside Windermere Ferries

The 251-tonne vessel is part of the National Historic Fleet and was built by Vickers Armstrong in Barrow-in-Furness.

This distinctive Lakeland “steamer” has been modified many times during her lifetime.

Only on a handful of occasions that atrocious weather makes it unsafe to sail. On average the company loses 3-4 days per year due to poor weather.


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June 3rd
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