Primary Sources

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Learn more about the technological advancements in ship building and the SS United States.

Read about ventilation and AC systems on steamships.

Click here to view our post on refrigeration on ships.

Teach your students how to make cryptosystems to encode and decode messages. This lesson also works for Engineering or Computer Science.

Secondary Sources

Click here to download the pdf of Fulfillment of Three Remarkable Philosophies Relating to the Development of Steamboat Navigation and Railroad Transportation, “Inventions in Steam Navigation”

Additional Resources

PBS Learning Media resources for technology and engineering for 11th and 12th grade.

Green Steam Technology

More information about Robert Green and solar steam power.

Read this reprint of an 1870 article on solar steam power.