Pleasure Steamers

Pleasure Steamers

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 148 x 206 x 8mm | 140.61g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 83 col
  • 0747812055
  • 9780747812050
  • 1,252,567

About Andrew Gladwell

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 more

Table of contents

Beginnings / Victorian and Edwardian Heyday / Between the Wars / Decline of the Paddle Steamers / Preservation and Operation / Conclusion / Pleasure Steamers and Their Operators / Further Information / Further Reading / Indexshow more