Beginning in 1884, paddlesteamers went from Hastings Pier along the coast to Eastbourne and Brighton, and over the Channel to Boulogne. Paddlesteamers were the preferred craft because they could operate in shallow water, were highly manoeuvrable, and so were ideal for running seaside excursions from piers, which had become very popular by the 1880s. The last steam ship to visit Hastings was the Waverley in 1986.
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