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Steam : the untold story of America's first great invention

Author: Andrea J Sutcliffe
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In 1807, Robert Fulton, using an English mail-order steam engine, chugged four miles an hour up the Hudson River, passing into popular folklore as the inventor of the steamboat. However, the true first passenger steamboat in America, and the world, was built from scratch, and plied the Delaware River in 1790, almost two decades earlier. Its inventor, John Fitch, never attained Fulton's riches, and was rewarded with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sutcliffe, Andrea J.
Steam.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
(DLC) 2004040000
(OCoLC)54073780
Named Person: John Fitch; James Rumsey; John Fitch; James Rumsey
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea J Sutcliffe
ISBN: 9781403973436 1403973431 1403962618 9781403962614 1281367192 9781281367198
OCLC Number: 123231029
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Stream-boats and steamboats --
A ridiculous idea --
Brother saintmakers --
The war of the pamphlets --
The Columbian maid --
Lord High Admirals of the Delaware --
The first and true inventor --
"All further progress is in vain" --
Leeches and sharks --
Mother clay --
The French connection --
Steamboat collisions --
John Fitch's ghost --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Andrea Sutcliffe.

Abstract:

In 1807, Robert Fulton, using an English mail-order steam engine, chugged four miles an hour up the Hudson River, passing into popular folklore as the inventor of the steamboat. However, the true first passenger steamboat in America, and the world, was built from scratch, and plied the Delaware River in 1790, almost two decades earlier. Its inventor, John Fitch, never attained Fulton's riches, and was rewarded with ridicule and poverty. Considering there was not a single working steam engine in America in the early 1780s, Fitch's steamboat's development was nothing short of remarkable. But he.

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