Motor Boat

Invention Timeline Project


1698- The first steam engine invented by Robert Fulton. A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid.

1807- François Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen.

1858- The first Motor Boat invented by Etienne Lenior. Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir also known as Jean J. Lenoir was a Belgian engineer who developed the internal combustion engine in 1858. Prior designs for such engines were patented as early as 1807, but none were commercially successful.

1886- In 1886 the first petrol or gasoline powered automobile the Benz Patent-Motorwagen was invented by Karl Benz.

1908- Invention of the Titanic. The Titanic was built in Belfast, north Ireland.

1911- The first Seaplane was invented. Fabre's first successful take off and landing by a powered seaplane inspired other aviators, and he designed floats for several other flyers. The first hydro-aeroplane competition was held in Monaco in March 1912, featuring aircraft using floats from Fabre, Curtiss, Tellier and Farman.

1912- When the Titanic sunk. The Titanic hit the huge iceburg when it sunk.

1913- Igor Sikorski developed the first Passenger Plane. The first person to fly as a passenger was Leon Delagrange, who rode with French pilot Henri Farman from a meadow outside of Paris in 1908. Charles Furnas became the first American airplane passenger when he flew with Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk later that year.

First Steam Engine 1698

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First Car Powered by an internal Combustion Engine fueled by Hydrogen in 1807

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Motor Boat 2015 to Present

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First Motor Boat in 1858

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First Petrol or Gasoline Powered Automobile in 1886

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Titanic getting built in 1908

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Titanic set sail in the Atlantic Ocean

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Titanic sunk in 1912

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First Seaplane in 1911

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First Passenger Plane in 1913

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Impact Post

Before trains, cars, trucks and airplanes existed, rivers were used for travel. They carried people and goods from one place to another. River travel was often slow because speed of travel depended on the river current and manpower. That all changed with the introduction of steampowered boats in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The steam-powered boats could travel at the astonishing speed of up to five miles per hour. They soon revolutionized river travel and trade, and dominated the waterways. The dangers of steamboat travel such as explosions, sinkings, Indian attacks, and daring steamboat races captured the imagination of the country. The great steam-powered boats of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries also played an important role in the expansion of the United States to the west. Eventually, other forms of transportation became more important than steamboats, but during their day, they ruled the nation’s rivers.


"Motor Boat." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Aug. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

"Seaplane." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Aug. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.