Pleasure Boating on the Thames

Pleasure Boating on the Thames

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During the Victorian period the river Thames underwent a dramatic transformation from a great commercial highway into a vast pleasure-stream. This book traces these changes through the history of the firm that did more to popularise pleasure boating on the waterway than any other. The firm of Salters' began as a small boat-building enterprise in Oxford and went on to gain worldwide fame, not only as the leading racing boat constructor, but also as one of the largest rental craft and passenger boat operators in the country. This history sheds light on 150 years of social change, how leisure developed on the waterway (connected with the rise of camping), as well as how a family firm coped with the changes wrought by industrialisation.A History of Salter Bros 1858-2010 Simon Wenham ... but the firm was still very late in making the transitiontothe material, as in1964 already30 percentof craft on displayattheInternational (London) BoatShowwere made from it, compared to 4.4 anbsp;...

Title:Pleasure Boating on the Thames
Author:Simon Wenham
Publisher:The History Press - 2014-05-15


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