If we believe her trade listing (thanks Ian McDonald) the 26’ steamboat Alice was built in 1879. Between 1991 and 2000 she underwent a total rebuild in Taupo, where she still resides.
In private use now, she once was in survey, doing tours of Lake Taupo.
Her current zoom zoom is via ‘hybrid’ set-up i.e. a combination of steam (25hp) and electric. The boiler is wood fired and I can just imagine the wonderful smell of ti tree burning as you cruised the lake – in my eyes a low cost floating bach at the lake 🙂
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