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The Steamboat Invention in the Industrial Revolution

Modern World History Project
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Maeven Barry

on 12 February 2013

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S.S. Modern World History The Invention of the Steam Boat In 1769 James Watt was granted permission to manufacture and to produce a improvement to the steam engine called the "Newcomen engine" which was relatively new. Watt who was working at Glasgow University at the time, but Watt is best known for his improvement to this engine. His improvement included "separate condenser connected to a cylinder by a valve. Unlike Newcomen's engine, Watt's design had a condenser that could be cool while the cylinder was hot. Watt's engine soon became the dominant design for all modern steam engines and helped bring about the Industrial Revolution." Watt also helped to include the spinning wheel in the engine that was and is used in the steam boat today Due to this success as well as other clever inventions a unit of power was named after Watt. The Newcomen Engine James Watt's Engine and Improvements Bibliography:
http://inventors.about.com/od/wstartinventors/a/james_watt_4.htm
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http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bljohnfitch.htm
https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&q=steam+boats+in+the+civil+war&oq=steam+boats+in+the+civil+war&gs_l=serp.3..0i13.5238.14543.0.14708.42.33.8.0.0.1.373.5412.1j24j7j1.33.0.les%3Beqn%2Cfixedpos%3Dfalse%2Cboost_normal%3D40%2Cboost_high%3D40%2Ccconf%3D1-2%2Cmin_length%3D2%2Crate_low%3D0-035%2Crate_high%3D0-035%2Csecond_pass%3Dfalse%2Cignore_bad_origquery%3Dtrue%2Conetoken%3Dfalse..0.0...1c.1.D8tV2Ea7HYg&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=bbfadc7609e8f422&biw=1600&bih=754 After James Watt's invention of the steam engine as well as the beginning of the Industrial revolution, John Fitch another inventor came up with the idea of a steam boat. In 1787 Fitch launched his first successful steam boat on the Delaware river. Unfortunately Fitch was unable to maintain a continuing relationship with the steamboat as he had troubles paying off debts....

"Fitch failed to pay sufficient attention to construction and operating costs and was unable to justify the economic benefits of steam navigation. Robert Fulton (1765-1815) built his first boat after Fitch's death, and it was Fulton who became known as the "father of steam navigation."

Robert Fulton ended up getting the credit for inventing the steamboat as he was the first man to be successful in building and maintaining the steamboat. The Steamboat was a big part of the industrial revolution. It made traveling easier and also helped to start the era of travel and engines come about. For example of their impact on the industrial revolution, the steamboats were used for shipment of resources as well as a few battles during the civil war. The Steamboats really proved to be extremely helpful and a good steppingstone from the sailboat and other forms of transportation at that time. Not only did the steamboat help to carry larger quantities of materials and people, but it also was much faster than sailboats and did not rely on intermittent winds. THANKS FOR WATCHING and We hope you have a STEAMY day! :) and HAPPY SPIRIT WEEK.
By: Maeven Barry and Julia Chenoweth It greatly eased the transport of goods and people across bodies of water. The boats could travel faster, despite currents, which increased productivity of trading. Most steamboats are not in commercial use today, due to the high man power it takes to fuel one. However some still are. The Michigan's own S.S Badger goes from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI You will probably recognize this steam boat. Many naval machines today, such as submarines and nuclear powered ships are essentially steamboats because... ...Nuclear power is basically run off of steam propulsion. FUN FACTS!!!! The American Queen is the largest steamboat ever. With 222 state rooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. She's 418 feet long and 89 feet wide. S.S is short for steamship. Steamboat Spring, CO was named by a French fur-trader, who thought the springs sounded like a steamboat. Mickey Mouse's television debut
was piloting a steamboat in Steamboat Willie
in November of 1928.
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