Three of Windermere Lake Cruises most historic vessels are preparing for the maritime equivalent of the MOT to ensure they remain in top shape to carry passengers.

Swan, Teal and Tern, known locally as the steamers, will be put through ‘in water’ trials by a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) ship surveyor during February and March after several months of refurbishing and overhaul.

The trials are part of the extensive winter maintenance programme carried out by Windermere Lake Cruises every year to keep its fleet and services in pristine condition for passengers.

The survey will test each vessel by carrying out several figure of eight movements to check manoeuvrability and steering capability, and performing ‘emergency stop’ procedures – full astern is selected when the vessel is at cruising speed to test how quickly she can be brought to a standstill.

Firefighting and safety equipment will also be tested, with crews carrying out emergency exercises, including man overboard.

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