The "Aaron Manby" was the first iron ship to go to sea. It was built by Aaron Manby (1776-1850) at the Horseley Ironworks and conveyed in pieces to the Surrey Canal Dock where it was assembled. It made the voyage to Paris in June 1822 under Captain (later Admiral) Charles Napier, with Aaron's son Charles on board as engineer. It was used by the "Compagnie des bateaux a vapeur en fer" to operate its service between Paris and Havre.
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