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Favourite was built in 1817. It was owned by Gravesend Steam Packet Company 1817 to 1819 and by the Margate Steam Packet Company from 1820 to c1828 [Dix op. cit.p239]. The text implies that Favourite was visiting Margate when the song was written. If that is true the song can be confidently dated to 1820 (i)
In 1829, Favourite seems to have been moved to run between Lincoln and Boston and is depicted on this poster.(ii)

Poster for the Favorite Paddle Steamer, August 1828 

(i) Dix, F Royal River Highway, A history of the passenger boats and services on the river Thames. p 239.


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