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The first steamship to be built of iron. She was fitted with an engine designed by the Scottish engineer Henry Bell (1767–1830), and made her first voyage in 1822 when she carried passengers across the English Channel from London and up the River Seine to Paris, during which she averaged a speed of 8–9 knots. After a few regular passenger trips on this run she was purchased by a group of French shipowners who used her for several more years running pleasure trips on the Seine. Though the Vulcan had already been built, it was the first time that iron plates, and not wood, had been used to construct a seagoing ship, a landmark in the science of shipbuilding.

See also paddle steamer; steam propulsion.

See also paddle steamer; steam propulsion.

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