The history of the Thames paddle steamers on the Margate run is well documented to the finest detail. So anything that can be added to the history of the paddle steamers is always welcome, I am sure.
This summer at Margate there has been a remarkable amount of shards found around the Nayland rock area by group members of the Facebook Thanet and Sandwich coastal finds group. Among the finds have been paddle steamer shards bearing the motifs of the New Palace Steamers and General Steam Navigation Company that used the pier. The explanation for the finds is the effects of the longshore drift after the demolition of Margate pier in 1998. I have posted a few images from the group pages.