Research in Maritime History, Vol. 47

John Armstrong and David M. Williams,
The Impact of Technological Change: The Early Steamship in Britain
 

Table of Contents
 

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


Updated: April 23, 2012