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Peabody Museum, 1877 - Steamboats
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Page 4 - ... them to a small skiff, and run about with a crank, by hand power. After having the steamboat in operation, we exhibited it near Providence, between the two bridges; I think, while the bridges were being built. After our frolic was over, being short of funds, we hauled the boat up and gave it over. About this time, a young man called on me, and wished to see the boat, and remained a day or two examining all the works. He told me his name was Daniel French, from Connecticut. I never knew where...
Page 4 - ... inches. The progress of the boat was from three to four miles an hour, which would probably have been increased to five or six if wheels had been substituted for paddles. But Ormsbee had no Livingston with open purse to assist him, and so, after having demonstrated the possibility of steam navigation, his golden dreams faded, and he sorrowfully returned the still to the distillery and the boat to its owner. When, in 1817, the "Firefly...
Page 4 - Well," replied the gentleman, "I always said so, and he would never have succeeded had it not been for Daniel French. "What do you mean by Daniel French?" asked I. "Why a Yankee," said he, "that Fulton kept locked up for six months, making drafts for him.
Page 4 - Ormsbee left in the boat for Pawtucket to show Mr. Wilkinson the success which had attended his enterprise. After a day or two the boat came back to Providence, where it was received with astonishment. For several weeks the boat went up and down the river; Captain John H.
Page 4 - Ormsbee, then a lad of twelve, going in her as steersman. The steam was not applied to elevate and depress the piston as was done by Watt, but applied to raise the piston, and then being condensed by cold water, the piston was turned by atmospheric pressure. In this way the paddles of the boat were moved forward and aft. When they moved forward they closed, and when moved aft they expanded to a width of from eighteen to twenty inches.
Page 15 - ... of her fires could be heard all over the boat. A column of flame stood a pillar of fire above her. She trembled at every revolution of her wheels. The water seethed and boiled beneath her, fire and smoke were round about her overhead. She advanced like the rush of an avalanche — she was a moving volcano. Slowly, steadily, she moved away from the Lexington; wider and wider grew the interval between them, until at last Richmond dashed between the rocks at Hell Gate and Lexington was seen no more...
Page 4 - The name of Daniel French, burst upon my ears for the first time, for forty-nine years, and almost explained some mysteries.
Page 15 - Townsend had rushed to the engine room and was consulting the engineer. "Oh, she can stand considerably more," said that functionary; and the Captain answered, "Well, put in the fat wood and let her go." She did go. Volumes of smoke poured from her funnel, and the roar of her fires could be heard all over the boat. A column of flame stood a pillar of fire above her. She trembled at every revolution of her wheels. The water seethed and boiled beneath her, fire and smoke were round about her overhead....
Page 5 - Now before her hour of starting and offer to carry passengurs to Newport for twenty-five cents, or for nothing if they did not get there in advance of the Firefly.
Page 4 - Ormsbee, substantially in accordance with the above, and similar corroborative statements are on record in the files of the Transactions of the Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Indnstry.

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