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Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
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Windermere Jetty under construction, September 2017.
Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is located in Cumbria
Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
Location within Cumbria
Former name Windermere Steamboat Museum
Established 1977
Location Windermere, Cumbria
Coordinates Coordinates: 54°22′15.33″N 2°55′18.02″W / 54.3709250°N 2.9216722°W / 54.3709250; -2.9216722
Key holdings Steamboats and Yachts
Founder George Pattinson

Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories (formerly Windermere Steamboat Museum) is a museum currently under redevelopment on the eastern shore of Windermere between Bowness-on-Windermere and the town of Windermere in Cumbria, England.


Windermere Steamboat Museum was opened in 1977 by George Pattinson, a local builder and boat collector, on the former Sand and Gravel Wharf on the eastern shore of Windermere.[1]

In 2007, the museum was closed to the general public when it was taken over by the Lakeland Arts Trust, a local charity, in order to restore the collection and redevelop the site. The Trust also runs Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Blackwell and the Museum of Lakeland Life. In December 2011, the Lakeland Arts Trust announced that would redevelop the site and create a series of new buildings to house the boats and a conservation workshop where they will be restored and maintained. The museum is due to reopen under the new name Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories[2] in 2018.[3][4]


The Museum's collection of boats comprises

  • Two dugout boats dating from between 1200 and 1320;
  • Five yachts charting sailing on the lake from the 18th Century to late 20th Century;
  • An 1870 Windermere ferry boat and copper ore barge;
  • Ten steamboats ranging in age from 1850 to 1907, including some of the National Historic Fleet;
  • Seven rowing boats and a group of canoes;
  • Seven motor boats and six speed boats.

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  1. ^ "Windermere Steamboat Museum to restore historic boats". BBC News. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Windermere Jetty". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting 8th November 2017" (PDF). Windermere Town Council. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  4. ^ Bent, Lloyd (21 November 2017). "Assurances made over Windermere Jetty landscaping delays". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

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