Punch,  11 (1846), 88.

The River and the Road



Illustration, Satire; News-Commentary, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:



N, pseud.  [William Newman] *


Steamships, Transport, Travel, Commerce

    The illustration depicts a vastly overcrowded Thames steamship. The text notes that people are choosing to travel by river rather than by road and complains that 'steam-boats have been piled up like pecks of broad beans'. Expresses the suspicion that 'the Commissioners of Sewers, and the Paving Boards, are in league with the proprietors of the Bee [a popular steamship], which is gathering honey in pennyworths'. Notes the steering difficulties faced by the captains of such overcrowded vessels.

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