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Stay and Cruise the Kennet and Avon Canal Your opportunity to take a trip on our 1920's River Launch, Lady Sophina, an immaculate varnished mahogany and teak boat with original brass fittings. Read More>

Lady Sophina, our 1920’s River Launch

Lady Sophina is a stunning 1920’s Thames River Launch and a special addition to the unique Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offering.

The boat is in immaculate condition with varnished mahogany, teak and original brass fittings. Positioned on the Kennet and Avon waterway a cruise on Lady Sophina is the perfect way to enjoy Bath and one of the most scenic beauty spots in the UK- The Limpley Stoke Valley.

Cruises are available from April-October with a capacity for 6 guests and Lady Sophina’s captain, Commander Blair Murray.

Step back in time, relax and enjoy the refined elegance of a bygone era.

Lady Sophina is available for private charter for:

  • Champagne Cruises
  • Full Afternoon Tea
  • Cruise & Lunch
  • Proposals
  • Special Occasions

For more information or to book your bespoke experience email: [email protected] or call 01225 823333

The History of Lady Sophina

Lady Sophina is one of the finest 1920s Thames River Launches having won the best-restored award at Henley.

This beautifully crafted boat was built by a Messrs H Gibbs of Hampton Wick for a Mr F Kirby in 1923. The boat measures 35 ft (10.6 m) overall with a beam of 7 ft (2.13 m) and a modest draught of 2ft (0.6 m). The boat was designed to carry passengers on cruises lasting several days and relied on a 12-16 Kermath petrol engine to deliver a maximum speed of nearly nine knots.

Lady Sophina’s beauty in part comes from the tasteful and plentiful use of the right wood. The hull is of mahogany but she has a heart of English oak from the rubbing strake to her timbers. The deck is made of alternate planks of mahogany and teak, the roof planking is made of British Colombian pine and edged with a mahogany bead. Following purchase from the previous owner, Lady Sophina arrived in Bath on Friday 30 May 1997, having taken five days to sail from Windsor.

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa are proud owners of this stunning craft.

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