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The Ingenious Mr.Bell: A Life of Henry Bell (1767-1830) Pioneer of Steam Navigation

Brian D. Osborne

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ISBN 10: 1902831284 / ISBN 13: 9781902831282
Published by Argyll Publishing, 2001
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Title: The Ingenious Mr.Bell: A Life of Henry Bell ...

Publisher: Argyll Publishing

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 2nd.

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Henry Bell was the pioneer of steamship navigation. His Comet sailing from Glasgow to Greenock in 1812 was the first commercial steamship service in Europe. This is the first proper biography of the man, born in West Lothian, the fifth son of a millwright, trained in engineering, who was a builder in Glasgow and became a key figure in the new age of steam while an innkeeper in Helensburgh. His background, education, manners and speech distinguished him from many other nineteenth century inventors but Henry Bell was of such independent entrepreneurial spirit and vision to succeed where supposedly better minds had failed. The unsung hero of the steam age.

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