Main Themes and Motifs

Speed and comfort of steamers
Condescending attitude to the French


1820-29   034; 046; 050; 728
1840-49   733

Uncertain: 089

Historical Background

Even while the war with France raged, the tonĀ¹ 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 .


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Calais Packet, The

bar050: Dates 1821~1832|

A comic description of crossing the English Channel aboard one of the first steam packets emphasising the speed and relative comfort of the service.

Ariadne Steam Packet

bar034: Dates 1824~1824|

Welcoming the first steam packet to the Channel Islands

Brighton Steam Packet

bar046: Dates 1821~1824|

A song and patter describing an excursion to Dieppe On arrival the hero makes derogatory remarks about the traditional costume of the locals and the sound of...

Dover Steam Packet, The

bar089: Dates 1827~1834|

A voyage to Dover, probably from London

Everyone to Their Liking

bar728: Dates 1821~1824|

The hero crosses the channel by steam but does not like what he finds

A Custom House Breeze

bar733: Dates ----~1844|

A female smuggler.

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