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Note: The Stirling: Pehaps the Earliest Steamer Built on the East Coast of Scotland

By J Colin Bain

This Note uses evidence from the East coast of Scotland to show that the innovation of steam was taken seriously from early in the nineteenth century. Evidence from contemporary newspapers shows how well steam vessels were able to deal with tides in the Forth between Stirling and Leith, or in the Tay. The final voyage […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: The Stirling Perhaps the Earliest Steamer built on the East Coast of Scotland

By J. Colin Bain

The steam-powered Stirling is confirmed as being the first vessel registered in 1814, and her career carrying passengers in the tidal waters of the Forth and thence to the Caledonian Canal is described. The accident which brought her to an end is detailed. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: SS THETIS, 1857, A Daring Experiment

By Charles Dawson

Early steam navigation was restricted to river, coastal and short sea passages. Many improvements were required before ocean travel became viable for steamships, due to the low efficiency of their engines. The iron-screw steamship Thetis, built on the River Clyde in 1857, represented a daring stage in the process of engine improvement. Her compound engine […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Woolwich Steamyard

By Dr Philip MacDougall

This article traces the origins of use of steam power by the Admiralty. Vessels such as Comet were first used to attend to the wants of the fleet, and the need to service these craft at either Woolwich or Deptford was soon realised, despite the shallow water of the Thames. Construction of the new steamyard […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Shipbuilding & Design

A Romano-British Boat from the Shores of the Severn Estuary

By Seán McGrail & Owain Roberts

Found in 1993, the Barland’s Farm boat was dated to the the late third century AD. The article describes the distinctive features of this boat, all characteristic of the Romano-Celtic tradition. A model was used to establish the dimensions of the original, and her means of propulsion, steering and mooring was established. There is discussion […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Internal Waterways | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: HMS Ruby and the Poachers

By David Kent

The successful use of a gunboat against poachers in the Tweed River is described. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Whaling & Fishing

Seventeenth-Century Ships’ Timbers and Docks on the Thames Waterfront at Bellamy’s Wharf, Rotherhithe, London SE 16

By David Saxby AIFA and Damian Goodburn BA, AIFA

In early 1995 an archaeological dig was undertaken at Bellamy’s Wharf, Southwark, London prior to building work. The area was known to have hosted a number of shipbuilding activities during the Dutch and Nine Years’ Wars of the later seventeenth-century. The Gould’s Dockyard artefacts contained a number of large worked timbers, including stem and rudder […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | Nine Years' War | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards

The Trent Ketch

By Brian Widdowson

Based on Maritime Census returns for 1861 and also the Trent Navigation Company’s gauging tables, which indicate the size and capacity of the vessels, it is demonstrated that for most of the nineteenth century Trent ketches were capable of working the full length of the Trent from Nottingham and Loughborough down to the Humber estuary […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

H.M.S. St Lawrence: the Freshwater First-Rate

By Robert Malcolmson

Towards the end of the War of 1812 American naval forces were performing well on the Great Lakes and the Provincial (Canadian) Marine was strengthened by Royal Naval forces. A shipbuilding programme included HMS St Lawrence, the Royal Navy’s only first rate to operate solely on freshwater. The ship, as large as the Victory although […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Naval Ship Launches as Public Spectacle 1773 to 1854

By Margarette Lincoln

The reasons for a launch rather than a floating out of a large naval vessel is explained, together with the social benefits of sharing the excitement and ceremonial aspects of the event. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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