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A steam police launch.

A steam police launch.
Steam police launch.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H6256
Description: The police of the Thames Division (formed in 1839) initially carried out their duties in rowing boats. In the mid-1880s, two steam launches were introduced and by 1898, the force had a further eight steam launches to supplement its 28 rowing boats.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c. 1900
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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