The mode of communication between the two countries by sailing vessels shared the same fate as the transit by coaches, &c, both being superseded by steam, inasmuch as in the year 1822, on Saturday morning, May 25th, at eight o'clock, a steam packet, called the " Swift," 80 horse power, commenced running between this town and Dieppe, and continued on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the season, commanded by Captain Hugh MacGregor; the fares of the same being respectively, cabin, £1 15s, and steerage, £1 5s; the same vessel proceeding every Monday morning, at eight o'clock, for Ryde and Southampton, and returning the following day at the same hour for Brighton.
It may be easily imagined with what consternation these proceedings were viewed by the owners and parties interested in the sailing vessels, to see, in all probability, in a short time, a lucrative occupation lost. The owner of the "Elizabeth," Captain George Lind, came to the conclusion that the best plan, under the circumstances, was to bow to the new order of things, consequently he advertised that the "Royal George," steam vessel, of 300 tons burthen and 80-horse power, would commence running under the patronage of George IV. on October 19th, 1822.
A season or two following the General Steam Navigation Company put on two vessels, the time occupied on the journey being about ten hours; some time after another Captain of the nearly defunct sailing vessels, of the name of Cheesman, of the "Lord Wellington," was taken into the employ of the Company, continued for many years in the same capacity, and was highly respected.
The Consul at Dieppe is a gentleman of the name of Chapman, and grandson of one of that name who was a resident of Brighton some years ago, and left to occupy the same position nt this Port.