Georgia’s Steam Coffin

April 22nd, 2022 by admin No comments »

By the 1820′s the Savannah Steam Ship Company was in dire financial trouble. The recent city-wide fire in Savannah, Georgia had hit the company as hard as anyone, and in order to put a little money back in their coffers they chose to sell their most famous vessel, the S.S. Savannah, the 1st steam-ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean and return safely. The engine, paddles and smoke stacks, and all other parts of engineers Daniel Dodd and Stephen Vail’s revolutionary design, were removed and sold for scrap. It was only 2 years later that the ship ran aground off Long Island and was destroyed. But for a brief yet glorious time, this innovative ship was the pride of not only the city of Savannah and the state of Georgia, but of a young nation taking its 1st, tentative steps on the word stage.

The S.S. Savannah was the dream of Captain Moses Rogers of New London Connecticut. Rogers sought financial backing from wealthy shipping companies in Savannah, Georgia, which at the time was on of the most important ports in the United State. Rogers most likely appealed to their vanity; after all, what could be more prestigious than a nautical 1st launching from Georgia’s shores?

With the financial backing secured Rogers engaged talented engineer Stephen Vail to build and install the Savannah’s engine based on the patented design of New Jersey born Daniel Dodd. The steam-works were to be added to a ship already under construction in New York, some 100 feet long by 25 wide and weighing 320 tons. When completed the Savannah would be tough enough for an Atlantic spanning voyage, yet no larger than a modern tug-boat.

The key to the ships eventual success lay in her design. She was a fully functional sailing vessel, but with a complete steam-powered locomotion system that could be used when the ship was becalmed. A pair of collapsible, removable wheels made from paddles linked by iron chains would be affixed, one on each side, when the ship was under steam. An exterior, bent smokestack, 17 feet in length, could be swiveled in any direction, ensuring that the wind never blew smoke in an undesirable direction. Innovations in the engine included horizontal copper boiler plates for even weight distribution that were specially design to prevent salt from the boiled water from caking on their sides.

The Savannah’s engine was constructed at the Speedwell Ironworks. Vail worked closely with noted draftsman Samuel Carson on the engine, benefiting greatly from the complete collection of steam engine specifications that Carson acquired during his London apprenticeship to the sons of Matthew Boulton and James Watt, the original inventors of the steam ship.

After the many mishaps, mistakes and near disasters that plague any project of this nature (including badly made boring cylinders, inaccurately designed air pumps and hull-wrecking December ice-storms) the Savannah was finally completed. Unfortunately the next problem presented itself almost immediately; no crew or passengers would go near it, and no one would trust their cargo on it. The fear lay in the engine itself, a big metal box full of steam, smoke and fire, traditional enemies of wooden ships at see. Local sailors dubbed it the Steam Coffin, and it took substantial effort on Captain Roger’s part to finally find a crew for his historic voyage.

The great irony of the S.S. Savannah, in a way, is the unqualified success of its trip. No one was hurt. No piece of equipment was damaged or lost. The ship arrived in a Liverpool, England in a respectable 29 days and 4 hours. England was, to the delight of an America in which the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 were still fresh memories, both impressed and humiliated by the United State’s success. Sweden, Russia and Norway were equally impressed. No less a person the American President James Monroe wrote to the Captain to congratulate him.

How The Reputation Management Affects Your Business

March 18th, 2022 by admin No comments »

Is it true that you are keen on finding out about dealing with your standing? Have you been searching for accommodating and solid data? Indeed, this article will ensure you get a few strong ideas. It will assist you with sorting out some way to more readily deal with your standing.

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At the point when individuals invest in some opportunity to offer something about your business, it is vital that you are sufficiently gracious to answer. While you might be an extremely bustling individual, it shows your crowd that you really care about them and what they need to say. This is imperative to keep a consistent client base.

At the point when you talk with your crowd, ensure that you do as such in a conversational tone. Individuals try to avoid the possibility of entrepreneurs continuously addressing them with promoting to them. While you would like to make a deal, you ought to never cause a client to feel like this is your main concern.

Be grateful. Assuming somebody leaves a decent audit about your organization, send them an individual message and express gratitude toward them for their criticism. On the off chance that conceivable, send your client a coupon for a specific percent off on their next buy as a much obliged. In the event that this is preposterous, earnestly say thanks to them for their input.

Assuming you will utilize anybody’s thoughts, you ought to constantly make a point to give them credit for that. Everybody out there can advance a little from others, so giving due credit will show individuals that you don’t think you are over that. This is an extraordinary method for getting their appreciation.