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The Clyde Paddle Steamers

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A memory as clear as a perfect summer;

the two-funnelled steamship, that day trip

to Inverary. Dashing from pier to pier

under fug of smoke; going below

to watch engine cranks turn mesmerically;

on the way back people on deck

singing to an accordion band.

 

Most of the Clyde paddle steamers

are scattered or scrapped. One lay berthed

on the London Thames,...

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