The Introduction of Steam Navigation in the Solent
The Isle of Wight passage vessels were anticipating the advent of steam at the start of the century, and the last carriage of mail was as late as 1838. The first steam vessel on the Solent was the Thames in 1815. Her visit sparked local interest, and in 1817 the Britannia was placed on the Portsmouth to Ryde passage. The article recounts the later vessels on this route, and the establishment of three ferry services within 15 years from the first appearance of the Thames.