|Banshee at her Rotherhithe launch in 1847,|
pictured in the Illustrated London News
Not to be confused with the 1884 Banshee, built by Cammell Laird shipyard, the 1847 Banshee was a paddle steamer built by John Jenkins Thompson of Horseferry yard, Rotherhithe, who has already been mentioned as the builder of the paddle steamer Ariel.
In 1847 Thompson apparently leased additional space at the Barnard Yard (which was located along the stretch of the Thames where Odessa Street now runs) because the Banshee, commissioned by the Admiralty, was launched from there rather than Thompson's own Horseferry yard. It is quite likely that this was because he had other ships under construction at his Horseferry yard at the time. The launch of Banshee, shown above in the Illustrated London News, celebrated by the crowds lining the dock and surrounding the packet steamer in small boats, and the publication of launch details in the Illustrated London News indicates that people in the mid 1800s London still took an interest in the details of newly launched ships.