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Boiler explosions were a serious problem and prompted the passage of the 1819 Steamboat Act which in turn led to the instigation of annual inspection of boilers and certification by the Board of Trade [i]. The consequences of boiler explosions could be terrible see bar602~The Sorrowful Lamentation on the unfortunate victims who were scalded to death on the Times Steam Boat.

Reference:

[i] Dix, Frank L. Royal River Highway: A History of the passenger boats and services on the river Thames (London, David & Charles, 1985) .p53

 

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