1953 Andrews Slipper Stern Launch
The Slipper Launch is a welcome sight during lazy summer days by the river, and it has been for many decades now. I wonder rather like the ravens at the Tower of London whether if we ever saw the loss of Slipper Launches from the River Thames whether some calamity may befall Merry England. As Andrews of Bourne End closed its doors on boatbuilding in the early 1980's there are no new Andrews launches to be had.
However, calamity will be averted with beautifully restored examples still available that are being kept in tip top condition by their owners. So we are delighted to offer one such example in our auction this summer.
Hennerton Queen is 1953 Andrews Slipper Stern Launch in Very Good condition. The hull number is 376. She comes complete with de-riguer 4 wicker chairs albeit perhaps not the Lloyd Loom chairs in this case. The engine is a Morris Vedette 1000 cc petrol engine and is 25 foot approximate overall length.
The desks are in very good condition, having been recently revarnished and the hull was recaulked in April 2017 so she is ready to take to the river so you can enjoy her this summer.
Interestingly Hennerton Queen was named by her present owner but was formerly called Little Greyhound in honour of the first Greyhound which was the brand name for their new design of slipper stern river launch first introduced in 1935 and exhibited that year at the Boat Show section of the Motor Exhibition (as it was known in those days) held at Olympia in London.