Steamer crew

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      What size crew would have been employed on a schooner-rigger steamer, employed on short [4 to 5 hour] estuarial trips, in the 1830s?

      The vessel I have in mind is the Garryowen, built of iron by Lairds, of “280 tons burden”, length on deck 125 feet, beam 21.6 feet, depth 10 feet, two 50hp engines (according to the Nautical Magazine 1834). There are line drawings of the vessel in Paul Quinn’s article “The Early Development of Magnetic Compass Correction” in Mariner’s Mirror Vol 87 No 3 August 2001 301-315.


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