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Coal, steam and ships : engineering, enterprise and empire on the nineteenth-century seas / Crosbie Smith.

By: Smith, Crosbie [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Science in history: Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2018Description: xxi, 449 pages : illustrations, plans, portrait ; 24 cmentimetres.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781107196728 (hardback : alk. paper).Subject(s): Steamboats -- History -- 19th century | Steam-navigation -- History -- 19th century | Ocean travel -- History -- 19th century
Contents:
"Trust in the promises of God" : the moral and spiritual credibility of steam navigation -- "The character of fine workmanship" : making Clydeside's marine engineering reputation -- "A swarm of projectors" : promises of North Atlantic steam navigation -- "This noble vessel" : realizing the promises of transatlantic steam -- "Giving rich promise of serious intentions" : Mr Cunard's line of steamers -- "Proprietor of the Atlantic Ocean" : politics and patronage on the seas -- "Mail-coaches of the ocean" : the West India Company project -- "A most perilous enterprise" : Royal Mail Steam Packet's vulnerabilities -- "In highly creditable order" : RMSP's new board of management in action -- "She was one mass of fire" : reading the maiden voyage of the Royal Mail Steamer Amazon -- "An uncompromising adherence to punctuality" : Pacific steam from Valparaiso to Panama -- "Built on a large, commodious and powerful scale" : forging P&O's Eastern mail steamship system -- "So great a cloud of obloquy and mistrust" : locking and unlocking the secrets of a maritime empire -- "A more desirable result in the performance of the vessel" : P&O's mail steamers in action -- "She would be perfectly stable and strong" : rival systems of engineering economy -- "The engines were imperfect" : Pacific Steam's coal economy -- "A constant succession of unfathomable and costly experiments" : making credible the marine compound engine -- "The modern Clyde ships" : economy and power for ocean steam navigation -- "The sovereignty of the seas" : the maritime system builders.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-386) and index.

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