Historian and author John Laurence Busch will kick off the four-part series by using his deep knowledge of early steam vessels to explore the interaction between humankind and the first time-and-space-altering 'high technology.' He'll attempt to re-calibrate our minds and take us back to the early 1800s before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a 'steamship' was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. He then will show how New London native Captain Moses Rogers addressed that skepticism and fear by designing and building the first example of globalized high technology in history. The presentation is based upon his book, Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier.
John Laurence Busch is an independent historian who focuses upon the interaction between humanity and technology, with a particular specialization in the first generation of steam-powered vessels. He has devoted years of research to discovering the true story of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah. The result is his book, Steam Coffin, the most descriptive account of the saga of Captain Moses Rogers and the steamship Savannah ever written. Steam Coffin has received positive reviews from over two dozen periodicals based in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. For additional background, please visit www.steamcoffin.com. See registration link for more details.
Lecture sponsor: Mary Gail and Jerome Gristina
Moderator: Steve Hudspeth