P.S. Caledonia: Denmark’s First Steamship

By Martin Bellamy, published February 1994


Launched at Port Glasgow in 1815, Caledonia went into passenger service on the west coast then on the Thames. James Watt replaced the machinery prior to sailing her up the Rhine, where stronger currents required further modifications to the paddles. In 1818 permission was obtained to operate a service between Copenhagen and Kiel. In 1830 a new steamer came into service. Caledonia was broken up in 1843.

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Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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