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 William Symington

William Symington

Birth
Leadhills, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death 22 Mar 1831 (aged 67)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Aldgate, City of London, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 12103 · View Source
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Inventor. Born in Leadhills, Scottland, October 1763, he was an engineer and the builder of the first real practical steamboat. In 1787, his power piston atmospheric steam engine was patented and a successful demonstration of a steam engine on a boat, was completed on the Forth and Clyde Canal in 1788. His second craft named the 'Charlotte Dundas', was sailed on January 4, 1803 and became the first steamboat to not only move itself but also towed two loaded vessels through a water canal. In 1829, in ill health and in debt, Symington moved to London where he died in 1831.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 2 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12103
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Symington (Oct 1763–22 Mar 1831), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12103, citing St Botolph without Aldgate Churchyard, Aldgate, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .