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Steam On The Water

Many of the world's greatest ships were powered by massive but quiet steam engines.

Paddle Steamer Caledonia, when in use in London as a restaurant

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Marine engines are among some of the largest steam engines ever built. The one at Hollycombe is from the paddle steamer Caledonia, a former London, Midland & Scottish Railway excursion vessel built for service on the Clyde. During the war, she served as an anti-aircraft ship, HMS Goatfell, and was crediteed with at least two enemy aircraft in the D-Day operations.

Caledonia and her engine were built by Denny Bros. of Dumbarton, and launched in 1934. The engine is a triple expansion diagonal, with a low pressure cylinder of over 4ft diameter. Indicated horsepower was 1,750.

She was retired to the Thames in London in 1972 and was used by Bass Charrington as a floating restaurant until a disastrous fire in 1980 after which she was scrapped. Luckily the engine and ancillary equipment were saved and rebuilt at Hollycombe.

This engine is not normally on public display but may be viewed on open days by asking at the reception desk.

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