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William Symington (1763 – 1831), an English engineer who developed the first steam-powered marine engine used to power the world's first paddle steamer in 1788. In 1801, he developed a successful steam-driven paddle wheel and used it to propel one of the first practical steamboats, the Charlotte Dundas. It was designed as a canal tug and demonstrated successfully in 1803. It pulled two 70-ton barges 19 miles (31 km) along the Forth and Clyde Canal in six hours.
Cutler J. Cleveland (Lead Author);Peter Saundry (Topic Editor) "Symington, William". In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). [First published in the Encyclopedia of Earth August 18, 2006; Last revised Date August 18, 2006; Retrieved May 18, 2013 <http://www.eoearth.org/article/Symington,_William>