Watt's single acting steam engine, late 18th century.

 
Watt's single acting steam engine, late 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

Plate taken from Rees' Cyclopaedia. This engine was used for pumping at Chelsea Water Works. In 1768, James Watt (1735-1819), in partnership with John Roebuck (1718-1794), invented a separate condenser engine which was patented in 1769. When Roebuck went bankrupt, Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) bought his share of the patent and Watt and Boulton worked together, from 1772 onward, forming a company in 1794.

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