Launched on the 16th July 1889, her arrival was directly inspired by the tour operator Thomas Cook who voiced his concerns to the Directors about the need for a second boat during the peak holiday season. Listed on National Historic Ships Register ID 57.
- Built on the Clyde in 1889
- Delivered in sections by train to Penrith
- Transported by horse and cart to Pooley Bridge
- Raven was assembled on Ullswater at Pooley Bridge
- She was named after Ravencragg, home of Company Director W.H Parkin
Christened by Miss Winifred Parkin, aged 6, in a customary manner - breaking a bottle of champagne against Raven’s bows as the boat glided down the stays into Ullswater. The younger the person that names a boat, the longer she will live.
Raven is one of the original ships of the Ullswater Navigation and Transit Company founded in 1859 to transport goods, mail, and passengers up and down the lake.
She originally had steam engines which were replaced by diesel Cumming Engines in the 1930s.
Take a look around M.Y. Raven below: