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Thames Steamers Limited are specialists in steam boat hire on the Thames and operate the stunning 1883 steam passenger vessel ‘Alaska’. Based near Marlow they provide top end corporate and private charter  services at locations including Henley, Marlow, Windsor, Reading, Maidenhead and further afield.

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Alaska’s boiler can be fired with coal, but for environmental reasons, since spring 2008 it has been fired  with high density wood briquettes made from recycled waste wood shavings and sawdust that would otherwise go to landfill. All the wood currently used to make the fuel is from sustainable and recycled sources within the U.K and has a very low moisture content. This makes Alaska's operation sustainable and carbon neutral and saves approximately 15 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in a typical year. Secondary burning of combustion gases achieved by the introduction of heated air across the top of the firebox increases efficiency by up to a third and reduces smoke and other emissions, particularly PM 2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns diameter). Click on ‘Videos’ to view a video article on 'Alaska' and wood waste briquettes from the BBC programme 'Working Lunch'.

For further information on our current fuel, please click the logo below: