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The Gondola (Coniston Launch)

By canoncarol  
Thank you for all your votes on comments on my last image, all very much appreciated.

Todays series is the Gondola which sails on Coniston Water and is now owned by the National Trust. The images are in sequence as she came into the pier and then left gradually turning to go back to her moorings for the night.

Some information:-

SY Gondola - Wikipedia
The steam yacht Gondola is a rebuilt Victorian, screw-propelled, steam-powered passenger vessel on Coniston Water, England. Originally launched in 1859, she was built for the steamer service carrying passengers from the Furness Railway and from the Coniston Railway. She was in commercial service until 1936 when she was retired, being converted to a houseboat in 1946. In 1979, by now derelict, she was given a new hull, engine, boiler and most of the superstructure. She is back in service as a passenger boat, still powered by steam and now operated by the National Trust. Gondola is one of the inspirations for Captain Flint's houseboat in Arthur Ransome's book Swallows and Amazons. In Coniston's Ruskin Museum there is a black and white post card of Gondola that Ransome sent to his illustrator, with changes to the outline in ink to show how he wanted the houseboat to look.

Tags: Transport Boats Gondola Coniston Water Lake District Coniston Launch

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adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
16 Apr 2021 10:19AM
Beautiful set Carol, and I've had the pleasure of actually seeing her glide effortlessly along the lake.......a lovely sight to behold!!

16 Apr 2021 10:26AM
Excellent set Carol,
ZenTony Plus
5 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 10:31AM
No match for Bluebird but what a thing of beauty it is Carol
KingArthur 14 8 Malta
16 Apr 2021 11:50AM
Fine set Carol, really wonderful images

Joe Smile
16 Apr 2021 12:05PM
Beautiful series, a few years ago we rode on the gondola from further down the lake, to Coniston then had a lovely walk by the lake back to where we had left the car. Thanks for the memories.
16 Apr 2021 2:47PM
Beautiful 😎
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
16 Apr 2021 3:04PM
What a lovely boat 😃 How nice it would be sailing on that today in this lovely warm sunny weather 👍 Have to go for v2 as my fave 😃
Trev 😀

Quote:No match for Bluebird but what a thing of beauty it is Carol

I was there for the last race when Donald Campbell and Bluebird came to a sad end. Lovely boat as you say. A day I will never forget.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 5:44PM
Excellent set and content...
Beautiful work, Isabel GrinGrin
cooky Plus
17 6 3 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2021 6:02PM
Excellent set of images and narrative Carol.

16 Apr 2021 6:07PM
Smashing sequence of images Carol.SmileSmile
Nice set

16 Apr 2021 9:09PM
A beautiful set Carol...Lin
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
17 Apr 2021 2:48AM
Beautifully captured set Carol , such a wonderful craft
gpimages Plus
10 65 2 England
17 Apr 2021 7:58AM
I am favouring version 2 Carol. The plume of steam does it for me.
Graham Wink

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