Patent for a Steam Forge Hammer

Inventor James Nasmyth of Manchester, England, applied for a patent (in 1842) for a Steam Forge Hammer. As they say “Inventions / innovations are born out of nessecity”… Nothing could be more true in this case. As the story goes, “Nasmyth was commissioned by shipbuilder lsambard Kingdom Brunel to forge a huge iron drive shaft for the steamship Great Britain. The shaft being too large to forge by manual methods, Nasmyth designed and built a huge hammer powered by steam.

James Nasmyth invention was quickly adopted by other manufacturers, enabled the fabrication of larger iron works than had ever been possible.

      James Nasmyth
      Manchester, England

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