I am looking for help in identifying this steamer, which comes from a recently acquired glass plate negative. The rest of the glass plates I have from the same collection are all from the River Thames circa 1890/1895. The caption with the slide said the paddler was passing the bows of a wrecked steamer the "Bretagne". However the only wreck of this name I can find is inconsistent with the location of the Thames and also the date is wrong. So, is this another Bretagne, or the same vessel encountering a different mishap, and what is the paddler. Is it a London Steamboat Company vessel and if so which one? Does the house flag flying from her mast give any clues? Any information on the above paddler will be welcome.
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Update 31 May 2007: George Robinson of the Riversea website advises that the Bretagne above was the steam yacht BRETAGNE built in USA in 1881, 636grt, 214.6 feet for a French owner but owned in London from 1891 and sank after a collision off Blackwall on 18/6/1892, later raised and broken up ... so that would give a 'most likely' date of 1892 for the paddler. Thanks George.
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