|The paddle steamer Ariel, |
built in Rotherhithe and launched from
Horseferry Dock, Rotherhithe, in 1844
On Tuesday last, Rotherhithe was a scene of unusual gaiety, owing to the launch ofa new steamer, the Ariel, built by Mr Thompson for the Woolwich Steam Packet Company.The main dimensions of this fine vessel are - length, 120 feet; breadth, 14 feet 6 inches; tonnage, 120; she is built with a round stern, and of diagonal planking, three thicknesses, all mahogany; she has two engines of 20 horse power each, and has been built expressly for a passage vessel between Woolwich and Hungerford; and will carry, with her coals, boilers etc, 600 persons, at a draft of 3 feet 6 inches.
With thanks to Stuart Rankin's publications for most of the information on this post.