Kingston Mouldings Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings

Hull Length:1130mm (44.5") Beam:180mm (7.5") Scale:1/35th

The steam yacht Yarta was launched at Blackwall in 1889, and was the first vessel of this type ever to be built on the River Thames. Constructed entirely of steel, and powered by triple expansion steam engines, the schooner-rigged single screw Yarta was a handsome and opulently fitted out vessel. Today, very little detailed information seems to have survived, and the only useful source that could be found was a small scale drawing that was printed with a 1889 newspaper account of Yarta’s launch. As a result of this, a fair amount of guesswork had to be been used in completing the hull, and an enlarged quarter-size A3 print of this original Builder's general arrangement plan of Yarta is all that we can supply with the hull. The design does capture all the elegance of the original classic vessels, possessing fine lines so typical of most steam yachts constructed around this period. Because of this, Yarta is very easily driven by either a small steam plant or electric power. Our hull is moulded with clipper bow, counter stern and side rubbing strips, and it could be used to form the basis of a number of other steam yachts from the same era. The fourth photo below shows a very fine electric powered example built as the steam yacht Medea currently preserved in San Diego, and this is the work of Steve Siegel of Pennsylvania USA on a slightly modified Yarta hull. The final picture and the larger one below, shows the Yarta prototype, built using nothing more than the small drawing that we supply with each hull, and powered by a twin cylinder slide valve steam engine.