Early Iron Boat

On Tuesday, the 20th, a new pleasure boat, constructed of sheet-iron, was launched into the river Foss, Yorkshire. She is 12 feet in length, 6 in breadth, has sailed with 15 persons on board, and may be conveyed to and from the river by two men.

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John Wilkinson, of Brosely, an iron-master, on the 6th July, 1787, launched at Willey, in Shropshire, an iron barge for trade on the Severn river.
[May, 1787, Gentleman's Magazine.]

Transcribed by Lars Bruzelius

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