The S.S. British Queen

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    A CENTURY ago, no journal displayed more interest in the progress of trans-Atlantic steam navigation than the Athenceum; and in its issue of June 22, 1839, it referred at length to the British Queen, which was built at the same time as the Great Western but the completion of which had been seriously delayed. In June 1839, the British Queen was still in the Clyde, having her machinery fitted by Robert Napier, and the Athenceum said: “The completion of this vessel is looked forward to with much anxiety by all who take an interest in the improvement and extension of steam navigation and all who desire the peaceful and reciprocally beneficial intercourse of civilised nations. She will be most certainly a great experiment, in the theory of steam navigation, on many interesting points.”

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    The S.S. British Queen. Nature 143, 1036–1037 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431036a0

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