Author Results for Charles Dawson

Note: in Search of a Ship? Identifying the vessel in Harriet Martineau’s A Month at Sea

By Charles Dawson

The transatlantic voyage in a sailing packet described by Martineau in her autobiography took place in  a ship with a fictitious name, the identity of which is established through clues in the text. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Note: Thomas Assheton Smith’s Steam Yachts

By Charles Dawson

The eight steam yachts built for this wealthy business man were amongst the first to use steam, and were intended as experimental examples of the study of wave form. The Note examines each in turn. Read More

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

Note: The First Steamer to Cross the English Channel

By Charles Dawson

An investigation as to which steamer was in fact the first to achieve the crossing and to work in France. Read More

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

Note: Early Watercraft Built of Metal, 1777-1838

By Charles Dawson

A listing of the early use of metal in the construction of watercraft on the Clyde, Merseyside and Thames Read More

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

Note: The Early History of Water-jet Propulsion

By Charles Dawson

From the 17th century through to the 19th century, the inventions and ingenuity of a series of engineers is described. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Note: Patrick Miller’s ‘Sea Spook’

By Charles Dawson

The double-hulled paddle wheeled experimental design offered by Patrick Miller to the King of Sweden was never built, as af Chapman rejected the concept. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: 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

Note: Which PS James Watt?

By Charles Dawson

There was a vessel named by the Dutch Stad Keulen, but it was not built in Scotland on the Clyde. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Note: PS Defiance: the First Steamship in Holland.

By Charles Dawson

The visit of the Defiance to Holland is examined, and the evidence for the steamship having been built in 1817 by the Wrights of East Anglia made explicit. Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Note: Early Dutch Steamships in Eastern Waters.

By Charles Dawson

These vessels and their owners are described as a follow-up to the MM article in 1995/3 by Colin Bains. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines