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Discovery and Invention
The Character of Captain James Cook
Captain Cook’s friend and ship’s surgeon David Samwell gives us his impressions of the great explorer.
by David Samwell 1751-1798
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Character and Conduct
The Great Brassey Keeps his Word
Once railway engineer Thomas Brassey made a promise he kept it — even if he wasn’t aware that he’d made one.
by Samuel Smiles 1812-1904
The Voyage of John Cabot
On the Feast of St John the Baptist, June 24th, 1497, Venetian navigator John Cabot claimed North America for the King of England.
by Edith Louise Marsh 1870-1960
The First Steam Whistle
After an accident at a level crossing, the bosses of the
Leicester and Swannington Railway acknowledged that drivers needed more than lung power.
by Clement Edwin Stretton 1850-1915
Private Risk, Public Benefit
For George Stephenson, the motto of the Stockton and Darlington
Railway was a code to live by.
by Michael Longridge 1785-1858
Liberty and Prosperity
Fuel of Freedom
Victorian economist Alfred Marshall argued that it was no accident
that free societies and coal-powered industries are found together.
by Alfred Marshall 1842-1924
Amy Johnson of Hull had clocked only ninety hours of
flying experience before taking off alone for Australia.
from Flight International May 23rd, 1930
Think and Speak