William Symington, Scottish pioneer of steam navigation, c 1810-1820.
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Bust of William Symington (1764-1831) who constructed a model steam road carriage that was completed in 1786. He was then commisioned to make a series of boat engines by the Scottish entrepreneur Patrick Miller. When this venture failed, Syminton started to build stationary engines. He built over 30 engines, about half of them were rotary.