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The Steamboat: Then and Now
Transcript of The Steamboat: Then and Now
Then & Now By Zach Kosnitzky What is a boat? A boat is a watercraft of modest size designed to float or plane, to provide passage across water. What is a STEAMboat? When the steamboat was first invented, it utilized various combinations of propulsive force, including ranked paddles (patterned after Indian war canoes), paddle wheels, and screw propellers. John Fitch created prototype in 1790
inventor; not a businessman
couldn't justify cost
went 1,300 to 3000 miles in NE rivers
Robert Fulton Born in Pennsylvania in 1765
Moved to Europe for most of his life
Design ships for British Navy and first Submarine
worked to improve the steamboat- the "Clermont"
made its debut on August 17, 1807
effective in NY because of hilly terrain But Today... Planet Solar!!!!! Raphael Domjan French Inventor
In the 1980's, started working on... World's largest solar powered boat!
the catamaran measures 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 25 feet high-
weighs 61 tons and can handle 200 people on board
PLantetSolar uses completely clean energy- The steamboats consumed much wood for fuel, and the river floodplain and banks became deforested. Planet Solar: More Eco-Friendly
Steamboat: More ecenomically stimulating What will the future hold...? Fin... Due to changing trends of fuel for transportation,
engineers have evolved from using steam to solar powered energy for boats.