Blandford Press, Poole, 1st.ed., 1979. 223 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, facsimiles, etc. D.j., 28 x 21cm. FINE. Paddle steamers have made a significant contribution to maritime and naval history having made epic voyages of discovery, transported passengers across oceans, and carried out gunboat diplomacy up remote and dangerous rivers all over the world. Nearer home they were once a regular sight around the British Isles performing their duties as tugs, ferries and pleasure steamers. Illustrated with more than 200 photographs, etc., many published here for the first time, the author, curator of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, chronicles the fascinating history of both stern and side wheelers in all their many and varied aspects. The ten chapters include The Development of the Paddle Steamer. Transatlantic Crossings. Cross-Channel Traffic. Ferries, River and Lake Steamers. The Paddle Steamer at War. Paddle Steamer Oddities. Etc. PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF THE PADDLE STEAMER. FINE COPY.