The British Queen
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At the time of her maiden voyage on the 10th July 1839, the British Queen was the largest steamboat in the world. She was 254 feet in length and 1862 tons.


As Atlantic crossings by steam were in their infancy, she was designed as a ‘belt and braces’ vessel, that is with steam paddle propulsion but fully rigged with sails as a standby if it be required.


The schedule was from London to New York with fortnightly departures in each direction. She was in service with the British and American Steam Navigation Company.


Although fitted to carry 207 passages, in fact she never carried more than fifty. Her crossings were comparatively slow, and she was eventually sold to the Belgian Government.

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