The Clyde Passenger Steamer

Captain James Williamson
1904
Captain Williamson's 1904-published book, "The Clyde Passenger Steamer", which gives a complete overview of all the Clyde Steamers from the appearance of Henry Bell's 1812 "Comet" to the appearance of the 1901 "King Edward", was uploaded on to scribd.com’s ‘Clyde Steamer’ lists at http://www.scribd.com/doc/1412977/Clyde-Passenger-Steamer-CaptJames-Williamson-1904-408Pages in January 2008 but, for unknown reason, only the first forty or so pages converted properly to scribd’s then but barely eighteen-month old webpage system of publishing, the failure only noticed in recent time and, hopefully, everything now to be found online and available for downloading after reading these notes. The fact that none of the more than 6,000 people who tried to read the book online commented on the problems, nearly 200 of them downloading the faulty file in an attempt to open, is in hindsight quite remarkable ! Such was the size of Williamson’s book, its 408-pages taking up more than 35 mb of space and on occasion taking more than two hours to download if using a ‘dial-up’ internet connection, that the decision was taken to split the book’s PDF file into 11 sections which, using a PDF ‘Spitter/Merger’ programme, could then be re-joined into a single volume. The software program used to split the original PDF file copy of the book should also, if a close check is kept on the renaming of files as one carries out the reconstruction process, enable 1

one to reconstruct the whole of the book in little less than an hour, even if one is unfamiliar with the process and one should begin by downloading the “Free PD Fill PDF Editor 7.0” from http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html and Download from http://www.pdfill.com/download.html it too probably necessary, which one will be told after the download, to download the Free GhostScript 8.64 (10MB) program, the downloads and installation(s) straightforward.

The Free PDF Editor There are 11 links here for the various sections and chapters of Williamson’s “Clyde Passenger Steamer”

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 01 - Pages 1 - 41
CHAPTER I - EARLY DAYS

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 02 - Pages 42 - 86
CHAPTER II CHAPTER III - SUCCESSORS TO THE 'COMET' - EXCURSIONS, ENTERPRISES AND DISASTERS

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 03 - Pages 87 - 118
CHAPTER IV - INVENTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 04 - Pages 119 - 140
CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI - RAILWAY AND STEAMER - THE LIVELY FIFTIES

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 05 - Pages 141 - 177
CHAPTER VII - THE RAILWAY INVASION 2

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 06 - Pages 178 - 199
CHAPTER VIII - RAILWAY RIVALRIES

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 07 - Pages 200 - 231
CHAPTER IX - DECLINE OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 08 - Pages 232 - 279
CHAPTER X CHAPTER XI - FIGHT OF THE PACKET COMPANIES - THE TURBINE STEAMERS

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 09 - Pages 280 - 320
CHAPTER XII CHAPTER XIII - OWNERS, MASTERS AND CREWS - THE PRESENT POSITION

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 10 - Pages 321 - 365
CHAPTER XIV CHAPTER XV CHAPTER XVI - BOILERS AND ENGINES - ROBERT NAPIER - PETER DENNY LL.D.

Clyde Passenger Steamer - 11 - Pages 366 - 408
MAP and COMPLETE LIST OF STEAMERS FROM THE 'COMET' TO THE 'KING EDWARD' and DIRECTORS AND CHIEF RAILWAY OFFICERS ALSO RELATED DOCUMENTS

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