Steam power enabled more tourists to visit mainland Europe from the 1820s. British engineers were often employed aboard the vessels, leading one passenger on a steamboat in France to remark that ‘only the food was French’. Depicting the river Seine, Turner observes the same contrasts of old and new that he saw in Britain. At Le Havre, a steamboat passes a historic tower. On a bend of the river between Quillebeuf and Villequier, notorious for tidal waves and shoals, steam tugs escort sailing vessels to safety.