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FINISHED – Scotland By Steam, Linthouse Building, Irvine
The Magic of Steam Travel
‘Scotland by Steam’ – a long-term exhibition bringing to life the country’s steam travel
“Who shall say that paddles are prosaic, and that there is no poetry in the steamboat?”, Anonymous Victorian Writer
From the picture-postcard, romanticised passenger paddle steamer, to merchant steamers, Scotland’s shores were alive with the sound and sight of steam vessels.
Passenger steamers made steam travel a buoyant form of world-wide travel. Whether in war or peace, these ships sailed the uncertain tides and carved a vibrant history of different people and places. Scottish ships were “a very epic of swiftness and steam”.
As for merchant steamers, opportunities in using the sea for trade and communication were seized by companies. Glasgow thrived on the waves to carry its name as “the second city of the empire”.