Hi. POD is Robert Fulton's steam boat experiment was much more successful after he pitched the idea to Bonaparte, and the latter is convinced of its potential for his invasion of England. IOTL Napoleon came up with all sorts of crazy schemes to bypass the RN including loading his army on balloons, which is a bit steam punkish imo. Fulton's idea of outfitting the French navy with steam powered propulsion is I think the most realistic.Subbed. What's your exact POD?
IOTL when Fulton's proposals weren't taken seriously he moved to England to pitch the same idea during the invasion scare. After Trafalgar the RN didn't feel the need for it anymore so stopped experimenting with steam propulsion also.