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Day 276/365: Steam Yacht Gondola [20181003|21:02]
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Yes, I’ve managed it! The final mammoth photo post installment of our August summer holiday, which is about our trip on the beautifully restored Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola. We stayed in a tipi at the youth hostel not far from the gondola’s launch onto Coniston Water, and so we headed out early one very wet morning to catch it on its first trip out onto the water that day.

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Steam Yacht Gondola in dock. Note this was taken after we had our ride, as we were concentrating on keeping the children from jumping gleefully off the pier in pursuit of ducks when we were boarding.

Steam Yacht Gondola
SYG brass plaque.

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Engine room sign. Such wonderful touches, all over the gondola.

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First peek at the engine room.

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Flags!

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Steam Yacht Gondola interior.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Ready to sail. I mean, steam.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Yes, but do you have a flag?

Steam Yacht Gondola
Friendly family sailing.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Mummy, Keiki and Humuhumu

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It was a bit soggy when we boarded…

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View across the lake.

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Is that...a dhow?!

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Humuhumu admires the little fishy touches

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Beautiful boat house

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Touching the warm chimney.

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It were a dark and stormy morning when we set off.

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Standing on deck with Daddy.

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Lovely wooden seating in the bow.

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Ornate carving on the bow.

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The Engineer feeding the Fire Dragon in the engine room

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Keiki going down the beautiful wooden steps from the deck.

Steam Yacht Gondola
“POSTCARDS and SOUVENIRS available from the purser”

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Brave canoeists out on the lake.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Long pier is long.

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Bloke, Keiki and Humuhumu watching the Fire Dragon being fed in the engine room.

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Keiki giggling at Daddy out on deck.

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Mummy’s photo of Humuhumu looking out the window

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Humuhumu’s photo of Mummy looking out the window.

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Flopped out on the seats.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Humuhumu chilling out on one of the seats.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Wooden statues of the Swallows and Amazons children.

Steam Yacht Gondola
View across the lake.

Steam Yacht Gondola
Looking down into the engine room while the Fire Dragon is being fed. (really, this never got old)

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Squishing Daddy in the stern.

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These grey stone buildings are perfect.

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Skipper and life ring.

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Heading back into dock.

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[User Picture]From: ravenfeather
2018-10-03 23:56 (UTC)
That is a beautiful boat, and stove. Were you guys the only passengers?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-04 07:51 (UTC)
No, there were two other families and an older couple on the boat. But its capacity is much greater, so it often felt like we were alone. Definitely worth getting up and out to take the first ride of the day.
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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-10-04 05:29 (UTC)
Such a pity the weather wasn't better ... but the ship looks beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-04 07:52 (UTC)
Yes, you wouldn't have guessed it was mid-August, would you! :P The gondola is gorgeous. I'd return to the Lakes just to have another go on it.
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[User Picture]From: idunn
2018-10-04 14:55 (UTC)
Beautiful. What river is this?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-04 20:03 (UTC)
It's Coniston Water in the Lake District.
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[User Picture]From: duccio
2018-10-05 00:08 (UTC)
Looks like fun. Quite a technology change from what you are used to contemplating.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-10-08 19:29 (UTC)
Haha, yes indeed, it was! Such a pleasure to ride in, though. And surprisingly fast.
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