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[Note 247.1] The President was was noted for her luxurious interiors. This was accomplished by adding a third deck to the design of the British Queen commissioned in 1839. As a result, President was top heavy. She was also under-powered and had the slowest passage times of any transatlantic steamer up to that point. She was overloaded with cargo to compensate for her roll. She was last seen on 12th March, struggling in a gale.

'The President Steam Ship', engraving, 1839 by Samuel Walters, Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library Image Ref. 10265265

 

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