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The first commercial paddle steamer was the Comet of 1812. Soon competitive steamer services developed, resulting in bigger and more magnificent vessels, and before long no seaside resort was complete without a pleasure steamer moored alongside the pier. By the 1970s, however, the ships had almost all disappeared and now only three remain in service - Waverley, Balmoral and Kingswear Castle - delighting a new generation of daytrippers. Andrew Gladwell gives us a wonderful glimpse into the bygone age when a pleasure steamer trip was an essential part of countless seaside holidays, and outlines the ongoing efforts to preserve what remains of pleasure steamer heritage in Britain.

Pleasure steamers - Andrew Gladwell

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Title
Pleasure steamers
Author
Andrew Gladwell
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Shire Publications
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130210

The first commercial paddle steamer was the Comet of 1812. Soon competitive steamer services developed, resulting in bigger and more magnificent vessels, and before long no seaside resort was complete without a pleasure steamer moored alongside the pier. By the 1970s, however, the ships had almost all disappeared and now only three remain in service - Waverley, Balmoral and Kingswear Castle - delighting a new generation of daytrippers. Andrew Gladwell gives us a wonderful glimpse into the bygone age when a pleasure steamer trip was an essential part of countless seaside holidays, and outlines the ongoing efforts to preserve what remains of pleasure steamer heritage in Britain.

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Andrew Gladwell has 25 years' experience as a heritage specialist. He studied at the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, has a BA from the University of Kent and was awarded the AMA+ from the Museums Association in 2004. He has a passion for maritime heritage and has created the official website of the UK Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Steamboats - Great Britain - History - Pictorial works.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
64

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