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Alaska - June 2011

P&O 7-Ships - July 2012



2nd OLS Charter of the Steam Yacht ALASKA
Marlow - 29th September 2012

Photos by Ian Boyle


The Ocean Liner Society chartered the magnificent steam launch Alaska for the second time in 2012 for another 4 hour afternoon cruise, this time from Marlow on Saturday 29th September. Alaska as a historic vessel, which is powered by her original steam engine and has been restored to museum condition.

The weather was again sunny, but colder than on our first Alaska cruise in 2011. We sailed from Marlow towards Maidenhead, passing through Marlow and Cookham locks before retracing our route.




Alaska was built in 1883 by Horsham & Co. of Bourne End, Buckinghamshire and she was subsequently purchased in 1887 from W.H. Barbrook of Walton-on-Thames for whom she had been built. Her new owners were the Oxford firm of Salter Brothers, who used her on the weekly return service from Oxford to Kingston and back. Passengers spent the day on the boat, enjoying the delightful scenery along the journey, and stayed ashore in different hotels each night. In later years Alaska was used as a private party boat at Oxford.

Alaska served in the wartime Thames River Patrol, was then sold in 1942 for service further down the river with Joseph Mears and was laid up shortly afterwards. After withdrawal, Alaska is reputed to have been poled from Kingston to Oxford by a new owner. She settled in shallow water, was decked over and used as a boat hire pontoon. In 1974 she was rediscovered and identified by boat historians, ex-crew members and Lloyds. After being brought to a boatyard at Hurley, further research located her original engine at Kingston. Boat and engine were restored over a period of several years and a new boiler provided.


Alaska arriving at Marlow before the cruise
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Alaska passing through Marlow Lock
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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On board Alaska
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Bourne End
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Cookham Bridges
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

OLS ALASKA CRUISE 29th September 2012 - Photo: 2012 Ian Boyle
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Cookham Lock eastbound
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Cliveden House
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Cookham Lock westbound
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Marlow churches
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

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Alaska leaving Marlow after the cruise
Photos: 2012 Ian Boyle

OLS ALASKA CRUISE 29th September 2012 - Photo: 2012 Ian Boyle








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