The Gondola, Coniston Water, Lake District

The Gondola, Coniston Water

This photograph was taken late evening after a cruise down Coniston Water on the 'Gondola'.

The lighting and tranquility of this scene are its main strengths, it appears almost monochromatic.

The steam yacht Gondola is a rebuilt Victorian, passenger vessel and was originally launched in 1859. She was in commercial service until 1936 when she was retired, being converted to a houseboat and slowly falling into dissrepair.

In 1979, she was given a complete overhaul and is now operated by the National Trust.