ASQ Section 509
Washington, DC and Maryland Metro
General Membership Meeting
STEAM COFFIN - Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier
John Laurence Busch
Presentation Overview: Historian and author John Laurence Busch will attempt to re-calibrate your mind before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a "steamship" was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. Then he will show how Captain Moses Rogers addressed those fears, by using modern concepts of quality to build the first steamship in history. The presentation is based upon his book, "STEAM COFFIN: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier."
Building the First "Steamship" with Quality in Mind:
In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental “steamboat,” which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York.
A sloop captain named Moses Rogers soon became one of the first steamboat captains in history, taking command of one of Fulton’s first rivals, the Phoenix. In his newly-created profession, Moses learned not only the characteristics of this first high technology, but the peculiarities of a traveling public just getting used to a “new mode of transport.”
Moses combined his knowledge of the old mode of transport (sail) with the new mode of transport (steam), he set out to design a vessel that was capable of overcoming the many perils of the sea. This craft would be not a “steamboat,” but a “steamship,” the first of its kind.
This presentation will show how Captain Rogers employed a variety of quality techniques and strategies to successfully complete this revolutionary vessel...two centuries ago!
Registration & Networking: 6:00 p.m.
General Announcements and Introductions: 6:45 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
**Please note dinner for this event will be a buffet. Should you have any food allergies, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com**
Presentation and Dessert: 7:30 p.m.
Adjourn: 9:00 p.m.
The cost is $25 for members and students or $35 for non-members.
We look forward to seeing you!