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Wednesday Evening (25 May) Social Event and Talk

Social Event - Sold Out!

 A social event has been arranged for the evening of Wednesday, 25 May, that you can sign up for when you make your Conference registration (for a small cover charge of $25 per person to cover dinner, excluding drinks).  We have reserved the Carillon Brewing Company, a 5 minute drive from the Crowne Plaza, where we shall meet at 6 PM for dinner (with a beer or two!).

Talk

Following dinner we shall have what promises to be a stimulating talk from John Laurence Busch, an independent historian and author who focuses on the interaction between humanity and technology, specializing in the first generation of steam-powered vessels.  He has devoted years of research to discovering the true story of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah.  He has written a book about the story called "Steam Coffin", described by numerous book reviewers as the definitive account of what truly is America's sea saga.  John introduces his talk in his own words...

Machinery Failure Prevention Presentation: Building the First "Steamship" in History

"In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental ďsteamboat,Ē which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York.  With the success of his North River Steam Boat, Fulton showed that it was possible to use an artificial power to alter a personís location and the amount of time it took to change it.  In so doing, he also broke through the enormous psychological barrier that had existed in peopleís minds; it was, in fact, possible to overcome Nature to practical effect.

It took time for many people to accept Robert Fultonís triumph as the truth.  One man who did not need to be convinced was a sloop captain named Moses Rogers.  He had witnessed the first successful runs of the North River Steam Boat to Albany, and the experience gave him the fever--steamboat fever.

Moses soon became one of the first steamboat captains in history, taking command of one of Fultonís first rivals, the Phoenix.  In his new profession, Moses learned not only the technicalities of this revolutionary invention, but the peculiarities of a traveling public just getting used to this new mode of transport. 

In the years immediately following Fulton's success, running these steamboats on rivers, lakes and bays became a normal and accepted part of American life.  But taking such a vessel on a voyage across the ocean was a different proposition altogether.  Experienced mariners didnít think it could be done.  These early steamboats, they declared, were just too flimsy and unwieldy to withstand the dangers of the deep. But Moses believed otherwise.  Combining his knowledge of the old mode of transport (sail) with the new mode of transport (steam), he set out to design a vessel that was capable of overcoming the many dangers of the sea.  This craft would be not a steamboat, but a "steamship," the first of its kind.  She was named Savannah.

This Machinery Failure Prevention Presentation will show how Captain Rogers designed and built this revolutionary vessel with the intent of minimizing the risk of machinery failure at sea...nearly two centuries ago!"

Further details about the topic of the talk may be found on John's website 'Steam Coffin'.

So, come and join us for dinner on Wednesday evening for a convivial evening
that will include a fascinating talk!

 
 
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