The Impact of Technological Change

The Early Steamship in Britain

John Armstrong and David M. Williams

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ISBN: 9780986497377

Publication: January 1, 2011

Series: Research in Maritime History 47

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This book presents an in-depth study of the impact of the steamship on Britain during its first forty years, roughly between 1810 and 1850. It relates the early steamship to several industrial themes including diffusion; construction; modernisation; the role of government - particularly the difficult attempt to align laissez-faire politics with the greater need for public safety measures due to technological advance; business and finance; plus public reaction and tourism. The aim is to establish the significance of the steamship as a conduit of modernisation and societal change. It consists of a foreword, introduction, and fourteen chapters devoted to specific themes, structured to ensure each chapters build on the preceding chapter’s progress. Collectively, they demonstrate that the development of both experience and enterprise with steam power both gained and refined during this period made the mid-century expansion of steamship technology across Britain possible. Ultimately, it establishes that steamship services began to adapt to oceanic routes, steam began to integrate into the world economy, and the age of sail began to draw to a close.

Series Editor’s Foreword / iii About the Authors / v Introduction / 1 Chapter 1: British Steam Navigation, 1812 to the 1850s: A Bibliographical and Historiographical Review / 7 Chapter 2: Some Official Listings of “Vessels Navigated by Steam” in Britain up to 1851: Evidence and Interpretation / 31 Chapter 3: The Steamboat, Safety and the State: Government Reaction to New Technology in a Period of Laissez-Faire / 51 Chapter 4: The Steamboat and Popular Tourism / 75 Chapter 5: The Thames and Recreation, 1815-1840 / 97 Chapter 6: Steam Shipping and the Beginnings of Overseas Tourism: British Travel to North Western Europe, 1820-1850 / 119 Chapter 7: Technological Advance and Innovation: The Diffusion of the Early Steamship in the United Kingdom, 1812-1834 / 139 Chapter 8: The Steamship as an Agent of Modernisation, 1812-1840 / 165 Chapter 9: “A New and Very Modern Business:” The Traffic and Operations of the Early Steamship / 183 Chapter 10: Promotion, Speculation and Their Outcome: The “Steamship Mania” of 1824-1825 / 205 Chapter 11: The Perception and Understanding of New Technology: A Failed Attempt to Establish Transatlantic Steamship Liner Services, 1824-1828 / 225 Chapter 12: The “Norwich Explosion” of 1817: A Local Tragedy of National Significance / 245 Chapter 13: Early Steamboat Services and Their Impact in North Wales, 1817-1840s / 259 Chapter 14: The Beginnings of a New Technology: The Constructors of Early Steamboats, 1812-1822 / 277

Format: Paperback

Size: 230 x 150 mm

300 Pages

ISBN: 9780986497377

Publication: January 1, 2011

Series: Research in Maritime History 47

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