The Swan Steamer at Bowness on Windermere, Lake District

Steve

Joined July 2007

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Swan steamer at Bowness, Lake Windermere, Cumbria, England

as is

Photographed with Nikon D7000 camera using a Tokina 11-16mm lens at 11mm, f/13, 1/50s, iso 100, raw

Windermere is famous for its ‘Great White Birds’ – the steamers are named TERN, TEAL, SWAN and SWIFT. The term ‘steamer’ is a slight misnomer because all the ships are now diesel powered.

The TERN and SWIFT were built for steam power in 1891 and 1900
respectively. The TEAL and SWAN in 1936 and 1938.

The livery of the ships is pure white with a thin gold line around them with
a dark green bottom – hence the phrase ‘The Great White Birds’.

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