Steam Power

by Sydney Lambert & Josh Jones


The steam engine was one of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution, although steam did not replace water power in importance in Britain until after the Industrial Revolution.


  • cause: The industrial use of steam power started with Thomas Savery in 1698. He constructed and patented in London the first engine, which he called the "Miner's Friend" since he intended it to pump water from mines.
  • characteristics:

1. Although it was an improvement, it had many faults; including wasted heat and fuel.

2. Both coal and iron were crucial during the Industrial Revolution. Coal was used to power the steam engines and to make iron. Iron was used to improve machines and tools, and to also build bridges and ships

  • significance: The steam engines were important during the industrial revolution because they developed and improved technology and productivity. The engines could be used in water pumping, mining, farms, railways and vehicles.