1st.ed., 1949. 192 pp., cold. frontis + 45 photo-plates. D.j. 22 x 14cm. Small loss to (uncommon) dust-jacket, o/w V.G.+. In 1934 the author produced Cross-Channel and Coastal Paddle Steamers, and this post-war work is a companion volume concerned with the development of passenger steamers confined to the Thames, Medway and the Estuary. Over 90% of these pleasure steamers were propelled by paddles. The 11 chapters cover Early Steamboats. Period 1829 to 1876. The London Steamboat Company and its Successors. The General Steam Navigation Company. The Palace Steamers. New Medway Steam Packet Company. The Belle Steamers. London County Council & Later Urban Services. The Thames Ferry Services. Miscellaneous Steamers. And finally The William Watkins Paddle Tugs. Every passenger steamer from 1815 to 1949 is described. The book is illustrated with a coloured frontispiece and 45 photographs. Complete with its original dust-jacket.