Southend Timeline

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1819

Steamboats Begin - Southend began providing pleasure trips long before the pier was built, which caused a bit of an issue for the ladies in long attire not getting wet alighting from boats.  Invariably they would be loaded (manhandled) from the steam boats into flat bottomed rowing boats which were towed by horse or man to shore.  This did not deter willing trippers who all thought it was all part of the experience then of visiting Southend-on-Sea.

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