Robert Fulton News

24 Oct 2019

Ship Design & The Inevitability of Change

A paintings by Maarten Platje called the Great Chase  tells this amazing story of the US Frigate Constitution being becalmed off the New Jersey coast and becoming engaged in a rowing race to keep out of range of a powerful British Squadron. The Constitution escaped and went on to have her amazing victories that year, but if she had been caught, today we would have never heard of her. Credit Maarten Platje

At one time the most powerful lighthouse in the United States was Twin Lights in Highlands New Jersey. Today it is a wonderful little museum and right now it has a very interesting show of paintings by Maarten Platje on the War of 1812. One painting is called the Great Chase and it tells this amazing story of the US Frigate Constitution being becalmed off the New Jersey coast and becoming engaged in a rowing race to keep out of range of a powerful British Squadron. The Constitution escaped and went on to have her amazing victories that year…

20 Jun 2014

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 20

Battle of Philippine Sea (WikiCommons)

Today in U.S. 1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship. 1898 - U.S. forces occupied Guam, which became first colony of U.S. in the Pacific. 1913 - First fatal accident in Naval Aviation, ENS W. D. Billingsley killed at Annapolis, Md. 1944 - Battle of Philippine Sea ends with Japanese losing two aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft.

29 Oct 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: October 29

USS Parsons (DD-949). Official US Navy Photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - October 29 1814 - Launching of Fulton I , first American steam powered warship, at New York City. The ship was designed by Robert Fulton. 1980 - USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

20 Jun 2013

Today in U.S. Naval History: June 20

Today in U.S. 1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship. 1898 - U.S. forces occupied Guam, which became first colony of U.S. in the Pacific. 1913 - First fatal accident in Naval Aviation, ENS W. D. Billingsley killed at Annapolis, Md. 1944 - Battle of Philippine Sea ends with Japanese losing two aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center website at www.history.navy.mil.

17 May 2013

Rebuilding the Presumption of Preemption

Dennis L. Bryant, Maritime Regulatroy Consulting, Gainsville, FL

I propose that the Legislative, Executive, Judicial Branches of the federal government should cooperatively work toward the rebuilding of the presumption in favor of federal preemption with respect to all matters related to maritime commerce. I also propose that maritime stakeholders undertake measures to make this a reality. The Constitution already allows for such preemption – and it has been implemented with regard to various issues over time, particularly in the early days of the Republic.

17 Aug 2012

US Census Bureau Today Features Fulton's Steamboat

Young America got the motive power it needed to expand beyond the capacities of the horse on this day in 1807. On this day in history the public got its first glimpse of a steam-powered boat.  Robert Fulton in his vessel, the Clermont, went 150 miles from Albany to New York City in 32 hours. The impact of the trip was not immediately clear, and some even called the effort "Fulton's Folly."  But steamboats caught on and revolutionized the way America moved.  Today, just over 2.2 billion tons of the nation's goods travel on the waterways each year, with the Mississippi River system carrying the most.  Commodities shipped by water include petroleum, coal, grain, and gravel.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online.

20 Jun 2012

This Day in Naval History - June 20

1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship. 1898 - U.S. forces occupied Guam, which became first colony of United States in the Pacific. 1913 - First fatal accident in naval aviation, Ensign W. D. Billingsley killed at Annapolis, Md. 1934 - Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet Adm. 1944 - Battle of Philippine Sea ends with Japanese losing two aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.

19 Apr 2011

200 Years of Erie Canal History

April 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the key decisions for the construction of the Erie Canal, a monumental public works project that transformed the economy of New York State. Two centuries ago, on April 8, 1811, the state Legislature approved a measure that set into motion the construction of the Erie Canal. This followed the delivery of a report on March 2, 2011 of a report by the original Commission. Brian U. Stratton, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, "Two hundred years ago, visionary New Yorkers set forth a plan which would revolutionize communication and transportation throughout a young nation, lead to unprecedented prosperity and growth, and forever establish New York the Empire State.

29 Oct 2010

This Day in U.S. Naval History – October 29

1814 - Launching of Fulton I , first American steam powered warship, at New York City. The ship was designed by Robert Fulton. 1980 - USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon. (Source: Navy News Service)

29 Oct 2009

This Day in Naval History – Oct. 29

1814 - Launching of Fulton I , first American steam powered warship, at New York City. The ship was designed by Robert Fulton. 1980 - USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon. (Source: Navy News Service)

20 Jun 2008

This Day in Naval History - June 20

1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship. 1898 - U.S. forces occupied Guam, which became first colony of United States in the Pacific. 1913 - First fatal accident in naval aviation, Ensign W. D. Billingsley killed at Annapolis, Md. 1934 - Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet Adm. 1944 - Battle of Philippine Sea ends with Japanese losing two aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at www.history.navy.mil.

29 Oct 2007

This Day in Navy History

October 29, 1814 - Launching of Fulton I , first American steam powered warship, at New York City. The ship was designed by Robert Fulton. 1980 - USS Parsons (DDG-33) rescues 110 Vietnamese refugees 330 miles south of Saigon. [Source: www.history.navy.mil}

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Nov 2019 - Workboat Edition

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the maritime industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News