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1880 Loftus Perkins (1834–1891), having experimented with the application to steam engines of the use of steam at very high pressures, constructed a 7-ton yacht, the SS Anthracite. The Anthracite was fitted with a Perkins boiler.
1880 W. W. Harris, Acting Secretary of The Perkins' Engine Company, Limited, of 19 and 21, Queen Victoria-street, wrote to The Engineer, announcing the arrival of the ship in St Johns, New Brunswick after an 18 day voyage. She was the smallest steam-powered vessel to have crossed the Atlantic.