Presentation: Shifting Power Generation at Sea over Two Centuries

  • Details

  • 10/10/19
  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Free
  • Ages 12+
  • Categories

  • Educational
  • Speaker

Event Description

Historian and author John Laurence Busch will chronicle the long evolution from natural power to artificial power at sea, breaking down the development from both a “steamboat” and “steamship” perspective. 

Then he will analyze modern-day efforts to re-introduce various forms of natural power to modern, artificially powered commercial vessels, and the rationale for doing so.

This will include an analysis of the types of fuel used to power the “new mode of transport,” as well as efforts by the “old mode of transport” (i.e., sail) to compete, which led to a very long battle for supremacy at sea.

The presentation will analyze modern-day efforts to re-introduce various forms of natural power to modern, artificially powered commercial vessels.

Finally, the possibility that other high technologies will revert to some or a greater share of natural power generation will be explored, and how studying the initial development of these inventions might help show the way forward.