This delightful book will be read by steam and marine enthusiasts with enthusiasm. The story of the last coal-burning paddle steamers in regular service in Britain is told well and beautifully illustrated in colour. – Highly Recommended
NAME: Ferries Across The Humber, The Story Of The Humber Ferries and the last coal-burning Paddle Steamers In Regular Service In Britain FILE: R2882 AUTHOR: Kirk Martin PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword Transport BINDING: hard back PAGES: 166 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Humber, ferries, paddle steamers, coal-burning marine engines, last coal ferries, preservation, scrapping, heritage, technology, transport, passenger ships
IMAGE: B2882.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxgab3o9 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This delightful book will be read by steam and marine enthusiasts with enthusiasm. The story of the last coal-burning paddle steamers in regular service in Britain is told well and beautifully illustrated in colour. – Highly Recommended Once, Britain had many ferries that relied on coal-burning paddle steamers. The first steam boats and ships used paddle wheels as familiar technology, being essentially similar to water wheels used to power mills before the arrival of steam. They were mounted on either side of the vessel and that had the dual virtues of avoiding the need to drill a hole through the hull, or occupy internal hull space. They also provided great manoeuvrability because they could be used differently, potentially turning the vessel within its own length. Sea going steamers also used paddle wheels initially but suffered a disadvantage not shared by craft in relatively calm inland waterways. In a seaway, the pitch of the vessel meant that a wheel would come clear of the water. This not only made it difficult to hold a course, but it meant the wheel instantly lost load which was then restored the moment it dipped back into water. This placed strain on the paddle wheels, gearboxes and engines. However, paddle steamers were still in use during the 1930s for coastal cruises and between mainland and islands. The author has provided a detailed coverage of the last coal-fired paddle steamers in regular service and traced the story of what happened to them when they were withdrawn. He has also covered the earlier ferries across the Humber and how the ferries integrated with the land transport networks. This able text is fully supported by many full colour photographs including some taken by the author. This book is a treat for all those enthusiasts who are interested in steam power and maritime heritage, but this is a book that should also appeal to a general readership.