Fun Fact February 11, 2021.
11 February 2021
Today in history, Fulton’s Folly finally pays off. You remember your elementary history, right? Learning about Fulton’s Folly, a steam powered ship called the North River Steamship, later called the Clermont, that traveled, with passengers, up the Hudson River from New York to Albany in 1807 and back again. It was a 300 mile round trip and took 62 hours. That voyage changed the nature of travel and trade on America’s rivers. Robert Fulton was an engineer, inventor and artist. In 1800 He was commissioned by Neapolitan to develop a working submarine. He created the Nautilus, the first practical submarine in history. Fulton is also credited with inventing some of the world’s earliest naval torpedoes for use by the Royal Navy. It was on this date in 1809, that he received a patent for his “folly”, the steamship.