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Steam: The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention epub ebook

by Andrea Sutcliffe

Steam: The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention epub ebook

Author: Andrea Sutcliffe
Category: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First American Edition edition (May 13, 2005)
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN: 1403968993
ISBN13: 978-1403968999
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 731
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Sutcliffe really does tell a compelling story about "America's first great invention" which, to the best of my knowledge, has not been adequately told until now. Most of us learned early in life that Robert Fulton invented the first steam-powered boat, just as we were also told in school that.

Sutcliffe really does tell a compelling story about "America's first great invention" which, to the best of my knowledge, has not been adequately told until now. Most of us learned early in life that Robert Fulton invented the first steam-powered boat, just as we were also told in school that Thomas Edison invented almost everything else, including the light bulb. In fact, James Rumsey and John Fitch competed strenuously to be the first to launch a steam-powered boat.

Although the novel only briefly describes the mechanics and engineering of the steam engine itself, Sutcliffe thoroughly explains the intentions and character of the two men who fabricated the ideologies of a steam powered engine. One prominent con presented here would Initially, this book provides a credible intention to describing the struggle and adversity that had occurred between two innovators that fought for patent rights for the steam engine in the newly-established late 1700's America.

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Steam tells the dramatic story of Fitch and his adversaries .

It is the story behind America's first important venture in technology, the persevering and colorful men that made it happen, and the great invention that moved a new nation westward.

Fitch, John, 1743-1798, Rumsey, James, 1743?-1792, Fitch, John, 1743-1798, Rumsey, James, 1743?-1792, Marine engineers, Steam-navigation, Inventors, Inventors, Marine engineers, Steam-navigation. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by ttscribe14. hongkong on March 26, 2018. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Read on the Scribd mobile app.

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At first glance, the title of this work, Steam: The Untold Story of America's First . Sutcliffe's portrait of John Fitch is particularly fascinating.

Other popular histories with one-word titles have featured commodities like coal, salt, cod, tobacco, and even potatoes that challenged, transformed, or saved the world.

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.

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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 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 faced competition from the start, and he and several other inventors fought a string of bitter battles, legal and otherwise. Steam tells the dramatic story of Fitch and his adversaries, weaving their lives into a fascinating tale including the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. It is the story behind America's first important venture in technology, the persevering and colorful men that made it happen, and the great invention that moved a new nation westward.
Reviews (4)
Thiama
"Steam" captures the intrigue of the chase for steam-powered transportation. And there was no shortage of intrigue and industrial espionage when it came to building the first American steamboat. Ms. Sutcliffe also develops the novelty of steam power in the 18th century and what a radical departure the steam engine was compared to water power.
The story of the steam engine also involves politics. Inventors sought patents in order to make claims for navigation monopolies. The inventors knew that inventing a steam boat would not make them rich. However, a monopoly to operate a steamboat on a particular river would be their path to wealth. (The story of Robert Fulton.)
Ms. Sutcliffe takes care to present a balanced storyline. In most histories of the steamboat, the authors tended to be partial to a particular inventor. This is not the case with this work.
"Steam" is an American story, but it also is a global story with James Watt's steam engine setting the standard for the era. America had to invent a steam engine because Great Britain guarded the technology and export licenses of the Watt engine.
I found it quite remarkable that inventors James Rumsey and John Fitch built operational steamboats with almost no information to go on. And certainly, they had no working model (like Watt's engine) to copy. These boats were built a full decade before Eli Whitney introduced the concept of machined, interchangeable parts.
Ms. Sutcliffe has done her readers a favor by presenting her work as a chapter of American history rather than as a technology primer. The age of steam in America begins just after the end of the Revolutionary War. We find a fledgling American nation still joined at the hip with Great Britain. And we see the battle between states and the federal government for power to issue patents and navigation franchises.
The story of the steamboat makes for a good barometer of the first four decades of American history.

Landarn
Sutcliffe really does tell a compelling story about "America's first great invention" which, to the best of my knowledge, has not been adequately told until now. Most of us learned early in life that Robert Fulton invented the first steam-powered boat, just as we were also told in school that Thomas Edison invented almost everything else, including the light bulb. In fact, James Rumsey and John Fitch competed strenuously to be the first to launch a steam-powered boat. During the summer of 1790, Fitch launched a steamboat commuter service between Philadelphia and Trenton but was unable to make it profitable in competition with stagecoaches. It was not until almost 20 years later (1807) that Fulton's Clermont carried passengers between New York City and Albany.

The need for water transportation was obvious, hence the importance of barges but they could not proceed against the current and had to be towed back or returned over land for their next voyage. What if the power of steam could be used to solve that problem? Of course, those whose economic self-interests would be threatened by (in effect) a steam-powered barge -- notably owners and employees of stagecoach and barge companies -- did all they could to oppose efforts by Rumsey and Fitch. They delayed but could not ultimately deny what proved to be the inevitable commercial success of steam-powered boats, "America's first great invention."

Sutcliffe's writing skills are such that her presentation of historical material reads like a novel worthy of Charles Dickens in his prime. Her narrative has everything: passionate and determined antagonists, a plot filled with crisis and conflict, conspiracies, use and abuse of political influence as well as all manner of anecdotes which help to reveal the stresses, tensions, and (yes) opportunities which developed during the years immediately following the American Revolution.

Great stuff!

Wenyost
In school, we learned to say "Robert Fulton" whenever we were asked to name the inventor of the steamship. Alas, not only is that answer wrong; but a correct one cannot be summed up by just one name, one year, or one event. Andrea Sutcliffe unravels the tangled web of men, machines, failures, successes, financial backers, patents and politics involved in getting steamships chugging on American rivers during the time period of 1784 to 1811. Here we learn about people like John Fitch and James Rumsey. We discover how George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were involved in the process. We read about boiler explosions, innumerable tinkerings and improvements, and proving "who had what idea when." The newly-formed Patent Office plays a huge role in this drama. Robert Fulton doesn't even make an appearance until the last third of the book. Throughout it all, one has to wonder about the tenacity and sanity of the men who not only had to deal with the temperament of machines, but also with the skepticism of state and federal authorities. Imagine attempting to take a prototype steamboat down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers during the New Madrid earthquake of 1811! Why didn't we ever hear about these stories in school? As for Robert Fulton: "As Fulton freely admitted, he never really invented the steamboat. Rather, he built the first steamboat that really worked." (p. 180) And he comes off as a dandy and an opportunist in this book.

You might scoff and ask, "How interesting can the history of the steamboat be?" Read this book and find out. The miracle is that this invention ever came to fruition.

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