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Considerations on the Present State of Navigation by Steam

ROSS Sir John (1843.)

£2000.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo. Modern quarter navy morocco, spine gilt, pages washed and reinforced, but text entirely legible. 30pp. Stockholm, L.J. Hjerta,

Dedicated to Sir George Cockburn, in this article Ross resumes his advocacy of steam navigation first outlined in Blackwoods Magazine in 1827. That article follows these "considerations" which survey developments in the field, include naval tactics at war for said vessels, and moots potential harbours of refuge at Stranfer and Loch Ryan.

Ross produced this work during his stint as consul to Stockholm, which he held from 1839-46. By this time, he had already achieved lasting fame for his two expeditions in search of a North-West Passage. His commitment to steam ships was proven in 1829 when he controversially opted to take the steam vessel Victory on yet another voyage to  the Arctic.

Very rare. OCLC lists a single copy at the National Library of Sweden, no copies appear on ABPC or Rare Book Hub.

Stock Code: 223980