A Short Treatise on the Application of Steam: Whereby is Clearly Shewn, from Actual Experiments, that Steam May be Applied to Propel Boats Or Vessels of Any Burthen Against Rapid Currents with Great Velocity [!] The Same Principles are Also Introduced with Effect, by a Machine of a Simple and Cheap Construction, for the Purpose of Raising Water Sufficient for the Working of Grist Or Saw Mills. And for Watering Meadows and Other Agricultural Purposes (Google eBook)

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J. James, 1788 - Steam-navigation - 26 pages
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Page 16 - Askew came before me, one of the Justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid, and made oath that the above...
Page 26 - ... will be more manageable, and can be worked with as few hands ; the power is immense and I have quite convinced myself that boats of passage may be made to go against the current of the Mississippi or Ohio rivers, or in the Gulf Stream ( from the Leeward to the Windward- Islands] from sixty to one hundred miles per day.
Page 20 - MORROW before me, one of the Justices of the Peace for the said county, and made oath that in the beginning of the year 1785, Mr.
Page 4 - Such a machine I promised to prepare, and such a boat to exhibit; this I have now so far performed, in the presence of so many witnesses, and to the satisfaction of so many disinterested gentlemen, as to convince the unprejudiced, and deprive even the sceptic of his doubt. If the reader will be pleased to turn to the annexed certificates, No.
Page 8 - The upper cylinder acts as a steam-engine, and receives its steam from a boiler under its piston, which is then carried up to the top of the cylinder by the steam (at the same time, the piston of the lower cylinder is brought up to its top, from its connection with the upper piston, by the aforesaid bolt,) they then shut the communication from the boiler, and open another to discharge the steam for condensation; by this means the atmosphere acts upon the piston of the upper cylinder...
Page 4 - I was, to make an experiment, in order to secure to myself my own discovery, by shewing my principles, as Mr. Fitch's conduct gave me reason to fear that he would adopt my plan, as soon as he found his abortive. And my machine, with all its misfortunes upon its head, is abundantly sufficient to prove my position; which was...
Page 11 - JAMES RUMSEY'S Steam Boat, and had no small pleasure to see her get under way with near half her burthen on board, and move against the current at the rate of three miles per hour, by the force of steam, without any external application whatever...
Page 26 - I have taken the greatest pains to perfect another kind of boat, upon the principles I mentioned to you at Richmond in November last, and have the pleasure to inform you that I have brought it to great perfection; it is true, it will cost something more than the other way, but when in use, will be more manageable, and can be worked with as few hands; the power is immense and I have quite convinced myself that boats of passage may be made to go against the current of the Mississippi or Ohio rivers,...
Page 14 - Personally appeared before us, two of the Justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid, the sundry subscribers to the above certificate, who are all gentlemen of reputation, and by us supposed to be competent judges of what they have set forth ; and they have acknowledge the same to be their voluntary act.
Page 2 - ... the unjustifiable steps Mr. Fitch has taken to deprive the author of his discoveries, and to injure the reputation of sundry gentlemen. No. 19 is added to this publication, it is part of a letter wrote by the editor to his Excellency General Washington, dated the tenth of March 1785 which will shew that the editor had fixed on a method of applying steam to propel a boat, before Mr. Fitch knew (from his own account of the matter) that steam had ever been made use of for any purpose whatever; how...

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