Spectacle and Witnessing: Constructing Readings of Charles Parsons’s Marine Turbine

@article{Leggett2011SpectacleAW,
  title={Spectacle and Witnessing: Constructing Readings of Charles Parsons’s Marine Turbine},
  author={Don Leggett},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  year={2011},
  volume={52},
  pages={287 - 309}
}
  • Don Leggett
  • Published 2011
  • Engineering
  • Technology and Culture
In 1897 the British Admiralty transformed Spithead and the river Solent, which runs alongside the maritime town of Portsmouth, into a theater where popular naval culture and technology met. The 1897 naval review celebrated Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, but also had significance as the occasion of the first public display of Charles Parsons’s Turbinia, an experimental vessel thirty-two meters long and approximately the size of a torpedo-boat destroyer, fitted with his marine steam turbine.1… Expand
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