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Steam The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention

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ISBN-10: 1403962618

ISBN-13: 9781403962614

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Andrea Sutcliffe, Andrea J. Sutcliffe

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/16/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Stream-boats and Steamboatsp. 1
A Ridiculous Ideap. 17
Brother Saintmakersp. 35
The War of the Pamphletsp. 53
The Columbian Maidp. 71
Lord High Admirals of the Delawarep. 89
The First and True Inventorp. 101
"All Further Progress Is in Vain"p. 119
Leeches and Sharksp. 133
Mother Clayp. 147
The French Connectionp. 161
Steamboat Collisionsp. 179
John Fitch's Ghostp. 201
Epiloguep. 219
Chronologyp. 227
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 261
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