Story of the Paddle Steamer

Story of the Paddle Steamer

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The paddle steamer holds a unique place in the history of maritime engineering. When the engineers of the early nineteenth century experimented with steamboats they chose the paddle wheel as the form of propulsion. Within twenty years the paddle steamers were at work on inland waters and short sea passages. They were graceful, elegant ships, but in the jet age too slow and uneconomical. In the 1950s they went to the breaker's yards in droves, and now there are only a few left. This book tells they story of the paddle steamers, and of the men who built, owned and sailed them.On the morning of September 3rd, the London Steamboat Companya#39;s paddle steamer Princess Alice lay at Swan Pier ready to make her daily run to Sheerness. She had been in service on the Thames for twelve years and was one of the mostanbsp;...

Title:Story of the Paddle Steamer
Author:Bernard Dumpleton
Publisher:Intellect Books - 2002-01-01


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