There will be a meeting of the Society
on Thursday, July 24, at 6:00 at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at the corner of King and Washington Sts., Shepherdstown
( enter by the kitchen door in back)
We will discuss negotiations with Historic Shepherdstown and the Shepherdstonw Museum over the future care and administration of the Rumsey Boathouse and the Experiment.
We will adjorn afterwards for pizza.
The Experiment will be sitting at Pier 13 in Baltimore’s National Maritime Day celebration on May 18th, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be a number of other boats- even model ones. We’ll be sitting across the dock from the Savannah. It’s another steamboat, but of a somewhat improved design, that uses a nuclear reactor to raise steam. Stop by and say hello!
More info, including a map and directions, can be found at http://portfestbaltimore.com/
You’ve reached the Rumseian Society, of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The Society was first created in Philadelphia, in 1788, to further the inventive career of James Rumsey, and was disbanded with his death, in 1792. It was re-created in 1903 in Shepherdstown, to build the Rumsey Monument that still stands overlooking the Potomac, and was re-created again in 1984 to build the Rumseian Experiment, a replica of James Rumsey’s 1787 steamboat. The Experiment steamed for the last time in 2007, but it can still be seen in the Rumsey Boathouse Museum in Shepherdstown.
The current Society project is the building of Rumsey’s rotary steam engine. If it is successful, we hope to mount it on a boat.
Portrait of Rumsey by West, Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Alexander Botelers Sketch of Rumsey's Portrait
Label from an apple crate, circa 1930?
Rumsey's apparatus for testing water turbines
James Rumsey. Photo of the West portrait in Turner's biography: retouching has changed him considerably