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Having built some iron steamboats for canal navigation, Neilson proposed to build a sea-going boat but could not win support for the project.
1831 Neilson built and engined the Fairy Queen on his own account, said to be the first iron steamer that sailed from the Clyde. She became a passenger steamer on the Largs route.