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Brocklebank family made their money through shipping [i]. The General Steam Navigation Company was formed in 1824 by Thomas Broclebank and W. J. Hall. The company expanded rapidly [ii] Brockelbank's Thames paddle steamer Eagle was built in 1819 [iii] and provided a service between London and Margate during the 1840s [iv]


[ii] Dix Frank L. 1985 Royal River Highway (London, David & Charles) pp54-56
[iii] Dix p236


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