Electric Boats and Ships

A History

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About the Book

 Electric propulsion for boats was developed in the early 19th century and—despite the advent of the internal combustion engine—continued with the perfecting of the modern turbo-electric ship. Sustainable and hybrid technologies, pioneered in small inland watercraft toward the end of the 20th century, have in recent years been scaled up to create integrated electric drives for the largest ocean-going vessels. This comprehensive history traces the birth and rebirth of the electric boat from 1835 to the present, celebrating the Golden Age of electric launches, 1880–1910.

About the Author(s)

Kevin Desmond, a technology historian and biographer, lives near Bordeaux in southern France. Since 1976, he has published 27 books and 300-plus articles on the men and women innovators, often forgotten, behind the progress of transport and related subjects.

Bibliographic Details

Kevin Desmond
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 281
Bibliographic Info: 95 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6515-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2768-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vi

Foreword by Christoph Ballin 1

Preface 3

One Origins (1837–1889) 5

Two Electric Boats Become Popular (1889–1914) 32

Three The Turboelectric Ship (1920–1960) 62

Four Wartime Interlude 70

Five Rebirth 92

Six The French Connection (1992–) 124

Seven 2000–2009 146

Eight Wider Still and Wider (2010–2014) 168

Nine In Recent Months (2015–) 186

Ten Towards the Sustainable Electric Ship 215

Appendix A. The World Electric Water Speed Record 229

Appendix B. Tûranor PlanetSolar 240

Appendix C. Cable Electric Boats 246

Appendix D. Electric Boat and Engine Builders (Past and Present) 252

Chapter Notes 255

Bibliography 263

Index 265