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1 SPRATT, E. Philip. Transatlantic Paddle Steamers. First Edition in dustjacket
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1951, 
SPRATT, E. Philip. Transatlantic Paddle Steamers. Glasgow : Brown, Son & Ferguson, Limited, (1951). First Printing. Pp [1]-82, frontispiece + 8 plates. Four Folding Tables. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt vignette to front board, gilt lettering to spine. “This volume covers the whole era of paddle-wheel propulsion on the Atlantic, a phase of technical history to which Mr. Spratt has devoted much original and painstaking research. From the famous American Savannah of 1818 to the last Cunard paddle-steamer Scotia of 1861 andthe last French Line paddle steamers to be built for transatlantic service s. This period covered falls naturally into three main sections. First to be described are the spasmodic pioneers, American, British, French, Dutch and Canadian, in which steam was used only as an auxiliary means of propulsion; and for the technical details of these early steamers the author has hadrecourse to contemporary documents. The second chapter deals with sustaine d steam power across the Atlantic, rendered possible by the invention of the surface condenser which enabled marine boilers to be fed with fresh distilled water and so kept in continuous operation. The first steamer on the Atlantic to be so fitted was the Sirius in 1838; and she, for the first time,maintained continuous steam power across the ocean. The third and final ph ase, that of the Atlantic paddle ferry in its full sense, dates from the contract between Mr. Samuel Cunard and the British Post Office, for the transport of H.M. Mails between this country and America. Of his first steamer, the Britannia, we have a non-technical but inimitable description from the pen of Charles Dickens, who crossed on her in 1842. Particulars of the Great Eastern have been taken from the description by Mr. John Scott Russell himself, also from his monumental work on naval architecture. In all, some 32famous vessels are described in considerable detail. The volume is well il lustrated with nine plates reproduced from contemporary prints and models in the national collection at the Science Museum, London. The appendices include four tables of historical and technical data on all the vessels described, their machinery and service. There is also a very full and carefully compiled alphabetical index which enhances the value of the book as a work of reference.” - from the dj. Edges sun-faded, corners flared, bubbling to inside covers, browning from laid in newspaper clipping, , else good in spine-browned, chipped and torn dustjacket. As is. 50.00

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