|Tall Ships Races|
Today sees the start of a weekend visit of the wonderful Tall Ships Races 2011 to Greenock in the west coast of Scotland (where I was born). Since most the ships are moored in the historic James Watt Dock, I thought this shortened version of my published article about James Watt might be of interest to some. Some more photos of the Tall Ships are over on my reading and writing blog.
James Watt eventually repaired the Newcomen Engine model, but was not entirely satisfied that it worked to the best of its ability. And thus began Watt’s own propulsion into history. As he examined the engine and took it to pieces, Watt recognised a fault with it and was sure he knew how to make it much more efficient. Watt went on to devise an engine with a Separate Condenser which increased its efficiency and overcame the problem of heat loss.
Watt’s illustrious career came to an end in 1800, when his original patent expired, and he retired. But his invention was to lead the great shipbuilding town of