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Standard paddle wheel Ferry Steamer 'Lakshmi' [Jamalpur].

Standard paddle wheel Ferry Steamer 'Lakshmi' [Jamalpur].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 15/8(14)

Item number: 14

Length: 20.6

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View from the port beam of the standard paddle wheel ferry steamer 'Lakshmi' at moorings on the River Ganges, near Jamalpur, taken by an unknown photographer c. 1897 from the Elgin Collection: 'Presented to His Excellency the Earl of Elgin & a Memento of His Excellency's Visit to the East Indian Railway Workshops at Jamalpur November 30th 1897'. The invention of the steam boat in the late 18th/early 19th century revolutionised river travel; they provided the power to travel speedily up and down river and were a cheap and convenient method of carrying passengers and merchandise. The East Indian Railway also maintained a ferry steamer service.

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