William Symington, Scottish pioneer of steam navigation, C 1821-1831.

Hill, David Octavius

 
William Symington, Scottish pioneer of steam navigation, C 1821-1831.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

Chalk drawing by the Scottish photographic pioneer, David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) of William Symington (1764-1831). Symington constructed a model steam road carriage that was completed in 1786. He was then commissioned to make a series of boat engines by the Scottish entrepreneur Patrick Miller. When this venture failed, Symington started to build stationary engines. He built over 30 engines, about half of them were rotary.

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