Motorboats and Their Evolution

Motorboats, some with outboard engines, some propelled by internal power, some built for speed or fishing and others still created for luxury cruises down scenic waterways, have a long and illustrious history and it pretty much all belongs to England.

The screw propeller was added to a steam engine in the early portion of the 18th century, but actual motorboats weren’t developed until the latter part of the 19th century. The first motorboat trials by William Priestman took place in his backyard in England in 1888. He followed that up with the first successful motorboat design, which was powered by kerosene and high voltage; and in 1890 he began large scale production of these motorboats for the purpose of towing along England’s canals.

It wasn’t until 1901 that a safer way to ignite fuel within the motorboat engine was invented. That same year, a launch, fitted with an internal combustion engine was designed and operated as ferry service along the River Thames.

England was also the birthplace of the motorboat carburetor, which was patented in 1905. Interest in motorboats grew fast throughout the 20th century and the rest, as they say, is history!

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