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  • Frank McNeill
    Jan 7, 2009
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      Go to http://www.dogscooter.com/about.htm for information about a
      better way to let dogs pull you around.

      --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Mundy"
      <coracles18@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Pete,
      > how often in life do we come across a new invention and think, I
      > thought of that years ago, but never got round to doing anything
      > about it!
      > A couple of years ago I invented PTFE (slippery)boots for dogs that
      > pull their owners around. I have no idea if it would work, but you
      > saw it here first :)
      > I have been thinking about the Newcomen atmospheric engine. Because
      > of inefficiency it was supersceeded by Watts engine.
      > The Newcomen has one big advantage, it is very low tech and if you
      > power it with heat from the sun its inefficency is not that relevant!
      >
      > Dick
      >
      >
      > --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "Pete B." <georgeyyy@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Dick,
      > >
      > > I look back at my youth when I first saw the Raytheon Radarange at a
      > > Science Show in New Hampshire. I saw a egg cooked on a paper plate.
      > I
      > > believe that was in 1947. My grandfather took me to the show as a 4
      > or 5
      > > year old. A few years later TV dinners hit the scene. They were in
      > the
      > > aluminum trays and were rather basic meals. At that time I might
      > have
      > > been 10 or 11 years old. My memory took me back the the Radarange
      > and
      > > how it might been used with TV dinners. Although I hadn't thought of
      > > replacing the aluminum tray with a non metallic one my young mind
      > had
      > > tied the microwave to the frozen meals. If I had been older or able
      > to
      > > convince an adult of the potential I might have been one of those
      > > inovators.
      > >
      > > On the Rumsey steamboat. Ben Franklin on a voyage back to the Us
      > from
      > > France came up with the jet boat idea, Franklin's sketches show a
      > hand
      > > pump. Rumsey replaced the hand pump with a steam engine.
      > >
      > > http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/library/readings/gulf/gulf.html
      > > <http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/library/readings/gulf/gulf.html>
      > >
      > > For you History buffs; the 16th President of the US had a patent on
      > a
      > > boat design. It's not steam related yet interesting.
      > >
      > > http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/04/04/abraham-lincoln-inventor/
      > > <http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/04/04/abraham-lincoln-
      > inventor/>
      > >
      > > Lincoln's idea never grew but Franklin's certainly did. We now have
      > > Buehler Turbocraft boats
      > >
      > > http://www.uncommonboats.com/website/article.asp?id=465
      > > <http://www.uncommonboats.com/website/article.asp?id=465>
      > >
      > > and the jet skis. That's it...
      > >
      > > Pete
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Mundy"
      > > <coracles18@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I could also add how many promising inventions never got out of
      > the
      > > > garden shed
      > > > (sorry to go on)
      > > > Dick
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Mundy"
      > > > coracles18@ wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > I can add to this, how much technology etc has been forgotten
      > > because
      > > > > it is no longer relevant.
      > > > > An example is the Ironbridge, Shropshire, England.
      > > > > It is known how the sections were cast, but it is speculation
      > as to
      > > > how
      > > > > they actually assembled these to create the bridge. Similarly
      > how
      > > > were
      > > > > the pyramids or stonehenge built?
      > > > > Dick
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
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