MY Raven

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The Raven at Glenridding on Ullswater
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Name: MY Raven
Owner: Ullswater 'Steamers' and predecessors
Route: Ullswater
Builder: T.B. Seath & Co
Launched: 1889
General characteristics
Type: Motor Yacht (ex-Steam Yacht)
Tonnage: 63 (gross)
Length: 111.93 feet (34.12 m)
Beam: 14.98 feet (4.57 m)
Draught: 2.85 feet (0.87 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
Capacity: 150 Passengers

The MY Raven is a passenger vessel operating for Ullswater 'Steamers' on the lake of Ullswater in the English Lake District, where she has spent her entire working life. She was built in 1889 as a steam vessel, but converted to diesel power in 1934. She is a member of the National Historic Fleet.[1][2][3]

The Raven has a length of 111.93 feet (34.12 m), a beam of 14.98 feet (4.57 m) and a draught of 2.85 feet (0.87 m). Her gross tonnage is 63, and she can carry 150 passengers. She is the largest vessel in the Ullswater 'Steamers' fleet.[4][5]


The M.Y. Raven was ordered by the Ullswater Steam Navigation Company, a predecessor of the current owners. Like her older sister ship, Lady of the Lake, she was built by T.B. Seath & Co at Rutherglen near Glasgow, and transported overland from there to Ullswater, where she was launched on 11 July 1889. She was commissioned at the suggestion of Thomas Cook, in response to the growing popularity of Ullswater as a tourist destination, and because the previous year a breakdown of Lady of the Lake forced the cancellation of services. She was named after Ravencragg, the lakeside home of company director William Hugh Parkin.[2][4]

In 1912, Raven was made a temporary royal yacht when the German Emperor Wilhelm II visited Ullswater during his stay with the 5th Earl of Lonsdale at Lowther Castle. Her decks were painted yellow, the Earl's personal colour, for the occasion. In 1934, Raven was converted from steam and fitted with twin diesel engines.[2][4]



  1. ^ Gladwell, Andrew (30 March 2011). "Ullswater". Lakeland Steamers. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445600291. 
  2. ^ a b c "Our Fleet". Ullswater 'Steamers'. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Brown, Paul (2013). Historic Ships: The Survivors. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445620060. 
  4. ^ a b c "Raven". National Historic Ships UK. Archived from the original on 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Charter Pack". Ullswater 'Steamers'. Retrieved 19 June 2016.