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The paddle steamer holds a unique place in the history of maritime engineering. When the engineers of the early 19th century experimented with steamboats they chose the paddle wheel as the form of propulsion. Within 20 years the paddle steamers were at work on inland waters and short sea passages. The first ocean-going steamships were paddlers. They were the link between sail and screw, a role they performed for nearly 60 years. But in shallow waters they prevailed for over 150 years. Plying between the seaside piers and along the major rivers they were as familiar to holidaymakers as Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides. The deep-sea sailors called them "Butterfy boats", but they were by no means as frail as the name suggested. In the two world wars they served alongside the warships of the Royal Navy and had their finest hour during the Dunkirk evacuation. They were graceful, elegant ships, but in the jet-age too slow and uneconomical. In the 1950s they went to the breaker's yards in droves, and now there are only a few left. This text tells the story of the paddle steamers, and of the men who built, owned and sailed them.
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Book Description Venton Publications, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. An EX LIBRARY copy in VERY GOOD overall condition. May have some library stamps, marks etc. Seller Inventory # mon0000217218
Book Description Venton Publications, 1973. Condition: Good. 1973. First Edition. 203 pages. This is an ex-Library book. Blue pictorial dust jacket over red cloth. Library stamps at front pages. Mild tanning and rub marks to pages, with foxing to the text block edge. Firm binding. Bumping to spine ends and corners with noticeable rubbing and scuffing along edges and over surfaces. Unclipped jacket. Chipping and tears to spine ends and along edges, and mild rubbing and wear over surfaces. Seller Inventory # 1495702396HJG
Book Description Colin Venton, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good -. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Hard cover with dust jacket bound in red cloth with gilt title lettered along spine, 208 pages. Binding clean but lightly worn along edges, page edges slightly soiled. Text is clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has spots of wear along edges - heaviest at head of spine and tips of corners, 2 sticker marks on front panel, a bit soiled edge - now protected in clear archival cover. Scans available. All books shipped with delivery confirmation. Seller Inventory # 040520
Book Description Venton, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. The boards are edgeworn.Scarring.Library markings.Tightly bound.[R.K]. Seller Inventory # wo32
Book Description Colin Venton, UK, 1973. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine. 208 pp; well-written story of the paddle-steamers and the men who built, owned and sailed in them; 21 b & w photos; has name and address stamp of former owner on ffep; dj has been price-clipped. Seller Inventory # 64790
Book Description Colin Venton, Melksham, 1973. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 208 pages, 485g. Red cloth boards with light bump to top corners, Near FINE in a Very Good d.w with small scar to top of sun darkened spine, in clear removable wrap. Illustrated with b/w photographs. The story of the Paddle Steamers, and of the men who built, owned and sailed on them, most being scrapped in the late 1950's, only a few surviving. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 15792