Main Themes and Motifs
Speed and comfort of steamers
Condescending attitude to the French
1820-29 034; 046; 050; 728
Even while the war with France raged, the ton¹ continued to copy French style and sprinkle French phrases into conversation. Hardly had the smoke cleared from the battlefield of Waterloo before the aristocracy resumed its love-affair with France.
The Clyde steamer Rob Roy; which began its life crossing the Irish Sea, was taken south and in 1821 became the first steam packet between Dover and Calais .