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[Note 242.4] "We landed at seven P. M.":- having started at 8 in the morning, an 11 hour journey. Steamboats were first fitted with high-pressure "puffer" engines, based on Richard Trevithick's design, in 1818 and by 1820 the passage time to Margate was down to six and a half hours. If the journey time is reasonably accurate and not exaggerated grossly for comic effect, it would be consistent with one of the first Margate steamers; perhaps the Margery or the Thames

 

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