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Updated June 3, 2019

Cygnet, a former Kungsholm tender,

is still in service on Coniston Water

Darren Szafranski has sent us new pictures of Cygnet, a former Kungsholm tender, in service on the beautiful Coniston Water, in Cumbria, England. This is after her recent winter refit.

Updated March 29, 2014

More About the Kungsholm Tenders

Douglas Hodgson has sent us even more photos of the Cygnet,
one of the last existing Kungsholm tenders.

Cygnet arriving in Corniston in 2013.

Cygnet in magic surroundings on February 14, 2014.

Cygnet at Pier Cottage March 2014.

The Cygnet, ex Kungsholm tender, at Coniston Launch in 2013.

Douglas Hodgson of Coniston Launch has sent us the following message:

We bought Cygnet in June 2013 from Steve Critchley at Cardiff Waterbus. I have been looking at your website a great deal  since then trying to find out about the history of Kungsholm and her tenders. I have also been looking at Horst Reichhart's videos on Youtube,

Cygnet now operates on our 'Wildcat Island Cruise' on Coniston Water. This cruise lasts about 1 hour and cruises down to Torver and Sunny Bank first, both popular stops for walkers, then Cygnet visits Wild Cat Island, then travels north to Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, which is open to the public. Wild Cat Island (real name Peel Island) is an island featured in Arthur Ransome's book Swallows and Amazons. The island was also used in the 1970s film Swallows and Amazons.

When not in service, Cygnet is moored at Pier Cottage, the former base for Bluebird, the jet powered boat used by Donald Campbell on his last fatal bid to better 300mph on water.

We are currently putting together some information signs/boards to put inside Cygnet to tell passengers about it's history and the history of Kungsholm. If you have any photos of the tenders (or even better of Cygnet), that are not currently on your website this would be most helpful. Any video files would also be useful. We are also trying to build up a list of all of the places that Cygnet and Kungsholm have visited in the past and help with this would also be greatly appreciated.


Douglas Hodgson
Coniston Launch


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The Cygnet, ex Kungsholm tender, at Coniston Launch in 2013.

Updated Jan 19, 2014

Peter Walker has sent us an update of one of Kungsholm's tenders
being transported from Cardiff to Coniston in the Lake District.

Please note that the former tenders are sometimes sold, or scrapped,
and may not still be serving as indicated in the text on this website.

Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson, former crew member on the Kungsholm,
reminds us of Sten Hovne's text about Kungsholm's tenders.
This was published when the tenders served in Cardiff.


Picture of one of the Cygnet's sisters, 'Arklet', in Inversnaid Harbour on Loch Lomond.

Bilder på Inversnaid Hotel – Bilder på Hotell
Den här bilden på Inversnaid Hotel används med tillstånd av TripAdvisor

Quartermaster Roy Johansson running one of
Gripsholms tenders at Valetta, Malta.

Punta Arenas, Chile.
Around South America,
February 2, 1972.

Supervising tenders at Bombay, India.
Quartermaster L. Borg on the left.

St. Maarten, West Indies

Gripsholm tenders at Charlottetown, Canada, September 8, 1974
Canada - Bermuda Cruise.
Contributed by Lars Johansson.

Gripsholm tender at Charlottetown, Canada, September 8, 1974
Canada - Bermuda Cruise.
Contributed by Lars Johansson.

North Cape Cruise.
CG Kruse collection

Gripsholm tender 1966.
Contributed by Carl-Gustaf Edhardt

Gripsholm tender 1966.
Contributed by Carl-Gustaf Edhardt

MS Rotterdam in the backgound?
Contributed by Carl-Gustaf Edhardt

Contributed by Carl-Gustaf Edhardt

Gripsholm tender.
Dawe collection.

Gripsholm tender.
Dawe collection.

Gripsholm tender.
Dawe collection.

Gripsholm tender.
Dawe collection.

Tender from the Kungsholm of 1953.
Dawe collection

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Dawe collection

Crew members returning to the Kungsholm during the ship's visit to Bali 1965,
some holding carved wooden souvenirs. Photo contributed by Sven Fürst,
Crew Purser/Cashier on the Gripsholm and Kungsholm 1965-1968.
Sven Fürst is seated far aft on the port side.

Dawe collection

The Kungsholm of 1966.
Photo: Tommy Stark

Contributed by Gary McDonough

Kungsholm tenders at Moorea.
Contributed by Frans Havranek

Kungsholm tenders at La Coruna
Contributed by Frans Havranek

Tender mishap somewhere around the coast of the UK during the Kungsholm's Spring Adventure Cruise 1973. Did the tide go out too quickly for the helmsman?
Contributed by Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson.
Tender disembarkation to the Kungsholm, 1973. In calm sea this was no problem, but in rough waves it could be tricky to get the passengers safely across to the ship’s ladder. Deck waiters were never assigned to gangway watch at the bottom of the outside ladder, only inside the entrance of the ship.
Contributed by Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson.


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