Houseboat Sean o'Kelley
NOTE: The Sean o'Kelley is currently not on display in the museum!
On the occasion of a TV documentary for the RTLZWEI station, left the houseboat of the Kelly Family on Saturday, April 9, 2022 its previous place in the Technik Museum Speyer. The extended musical family will have its own TV docu-soap in 2022 and will go on a unique journey of memory. The most important stages of their careers are "travelled" again. In addition to the original Kelly bus, the houseboat is also part of the TV production. Together with the Kellys, viewers can get to know the most important places in the family. The houseboat is expected to return to the exhibition at the Technik Museum Speyer at May.
Who doesn't know the Kelly Family? For many years they were leading the music charts with numerous hits. On the open air grounds of the Technik Museum Speyer the house boat can be visited in which the members of the Kelly Family lived for many years. As success and the family grew, the boat became too small and they decided to move to a more spacious location. By accident the Kelly Family became aware of the Technik Museum Speyer and its maritime exhibition and decided to donate the boat to the museum as a new attraction.
In 2004, the boat was hauled up the River Rhine from her berth in Belgium via Cologne to Speyer and transported to the museum's grounds. The house boat, which was built in 1923, is 34 m long, 6.30 m wide, has a height of 6 m and weighs 185 tons.
Meanwhile the original tourbus of the Kelly Family can be seen in the Technik Museum Speyer as well. The doubledecker Bristol LD Lodekka was used as an urban bus in London from 1956 to 1978. After that the Kelly Family bought the bus which was only driven by Dan, John and Joey Kelly.