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"The ladies all flock in these boats so readily...":- Steamers were bigger, more stable, and where they could be boarded directly from the riverbank, much safer than wherries. They were therefore, likely to attract wealthy women in expensive and unwieldy clothes. [Note 419.3] The Adelphi buildings were the home of the well-to-do in contrast to the lower classes frequenting the Old Shades (see [Note 419.4]) [Ref: http://pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/StMartins/ShadesTavern.shtml]

 

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