The Golden Years of the Clyde Steamers


Paterson covers here the period 1889 to 1914. Really, he has continued the story he began in The Victorian Summer of the Clyde Steamers, and continued in the same comprehensive and well researched style. In some respects this is Volume II of Clyde Steamers where the division into two volumes is more a production decision by a publisher. Some would argue that the period 1864 to 1889 was the Golden Age and 1889 to 1914 was the Indian Summer of the Clyde Steamers. The trade and technology was largely established before 1880 and it was then a matter of continuing an established situation. The steamer was also starting to come under threat by the railways and the automobile was making its appearance

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