The Coming of the Comet: The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer

Seaforth Publishing, 10 oct 2012 - 192 páginas
In August 1812 Henry BellÍs Comet, a revolutionary paddle steamer, made her first journey on the Clyde. This marked the start of extraordinary developments that completely transformed shipping and transport in Britain, Europe and the Americas. The paddle steamer soon became the key link with Empire, pushing the Honourable East India CompanyÍs wooden walls off the seas; it provided the all- important link with the Americas, and it offered emigrants to the New World a means of pushing westwards. ??In this fascinating new book Nick Robins analyses the remarkable impact of the paddle steamer and goes on to describe its development, both in terms of technology design and in relation to its effects on the transformation of nineteenth-century economies. He includes all Henry Bells disciples - the Burns brothers, Laird, Napier, Fulton, Syminton Cunard and Denny to name a few, and looks at their individual contributions. ??The impact of the paddle steamer on transport is difficult to overstate. It helped with the export of cotton from the American southern states, and with the transport of oil from BurmaÍs oil fields. The great stern wheelers of the Mississipi are legendary, but they also migrated to the Murray and Darling rivers in Australia, and to the Congo and Nile rivers in Africa, and the great rivers of Russia.??This wonderful story of nineteenth-century ingenuity will appeal to shipping enthusiasts and those with a wider interest in industrial history.


Comet to Cunard early days of steam
Wooden paddle steamers on the High Seas
The challenge of the Pacific Ocean more wooden ships
Technical evolution engineers and architects
Mostly iron ships
The fast the curious and the furious
Inland waters some specialist roles
Passage west on the Great Lakes
The saloon steamer and Princess Alice
Of tugs tenders and trawlers
Military duties for brave little ships
The excursion role
In the wake of Comet and Clermont
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NICK ROBINS, a geologist by profession, is acknowledged for setting maritime history within the bigger social and political picture. His books describe the evolution of a variety of shipping themes, ranging from tugs and tenders to excursion steamers and even cruise ships, recently covered in his The Cruise Ship: A Very British Institution.

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