Tuesday, 4 August 2009

The Turbinia

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Turbinia was the world's first first steam turbine driven vessel. She was designed by Charles Parsons (1854 - 1931) who invented the steam turbine in 1884, Turbinia was built at the yard of Brown and Hood at Wallsend on the River Tyne; she was launched on 2nd August 1894 and was by far the fastest ship in the world at that time with a top speed of 34.5 knots (63.9 km/h) .
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The vessel can still be seen at The Discovery Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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