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[666.1] "In alliance wi' the Rothsay":- Almost certainly the Rothsay Castle. See bar489~Wreck of the Rothsay Castle.

[666.2] "Rob Roy with elevated prow":- Many of the early steamboats had a blunt prow like the old sailing vessels whereas the ROB ROY had much finer lines.  [Ref: Professor A Graham Lappin. Private communication based on an article by him published in the Clyde Steamers magazine]. In June 1821, Rob Roy was moved to Dover where she became the first steam powered packet between England and France. Below is a steamer believed to be the Rob Roy. It agrees with the illustration of Rob Roy at Dover in 1821 See bar050~Calais Packet. See also bar669~Rob Roy Steam Vessel. 

 

[666.3] "The Clyde":- see below

[666.4] "Captain Wise":- Captain Wyse listed as captain of the Britannia in 1817 [Ref: Early Clyde Steamboats by Andrew McKechnie http://www.dalmadan.com/?p=1135]

[666.5] "Anither course has Marion ta'en, She's cruizing on Lochlomond":- Below is a picture of Marion taken from an advertising handbill.

Lord Jeffrey, later to become Lord Advocate complained of the Marion that ; "It is a new experiment for the temptation of tourists.  It circumnavigates the whole lake in about ten hours and it was certainly strange and striking to hear and see it hissing and roaring past the headlands of our little bay, foaming and shouting like an angry whale, but on the whole it rather vulgarises the scene too much, and I am glad that it is found not to answer, and has to be dropped next year." she was not dropped the following year but plied her trade with great success until replaced by the Euphrosyne in 1827 [Ref: http://www.valeofleven.org.uk/lochlomondsteamers.html]

The development of tourism on Loch Lomond later encouraged the construction of the Caledonian and Dumbartonshire Railway. See bar040~Bowling Railway

[666.6] "The Comet like its namesakes grown":- The Comet was the first steamboat to provide a regular passenger service in Europe. [Ref: Ransom P.J.G.; Bell's Comet: How a Paddle Steamer Changed the Course of History. p61] She entered service in 1812 and was wrecked in December 1820 on her way from Fort William to Glasgow [Ref: Ransom p91]. Below the Comet on the Clyde near Bowling

[666.7] "the Steam-boat Robert Burns":- See bar599~Lines Written on the New Steamer Robert Burns

[666.8] The following year Harriston added some more verses to this song. See bar667~Clyde Steam Boats 1819. In 1824 He self-published a volume called "The steam-boat traveller's remembrancer : containing, poems descriptive of the principal watering places visited by the steam-boats from Glasgow / by William Harriston, author of The fortunate ploughman; The intended emigrants; Wallace, or the Knights of Ellerslie; The king's arrival, or The crowded metropolis; The city mirror, or Glasgow in miniature; Poems on various subjects, &c. ..." [National Library of Scotland shelfmark AP.1.213.25]

 

 

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