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1815 The Caledonia was built on the Clyde by James Wood and Co, of Port Glasgow.

1817 In order to experiment on the most improved form of marine engine, Boulton and Watt purchased the Caledonia and replaced the engines with two sidelever engines. After several experiments a plan was decided to improve marine engines. James Watt (Junior) accompanied the Caledonia to Holland and up the Rhine. The vessel was eventually sold to the Danish Government, and used for carrying the mails between Kiel and Copenhagen.

1840s The SS Caledonia was one of the first ships built for the Cunard Line.

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