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Shore Robots Britain 1938 In the early thirties steam powered robots were used on the rocky costal shorelines off Bristol England to work as light keepers. They were employed as navigational aides for the vast amount of capitol ships that plotted the rocky British shoreline. These coal burning iron machines equipped were with distress rockets, lanterns, and signal flags, they proved to be an invaluable aide for of local as well as international shipping. Unfortunate with time and the caustic salted sea air the machines began to age and rust, and were no longer of serice, some still stand today on the windy shorelines completely rusted and frozen forever in time
The Gardner Company 1894 Quincy Illinoi “The Burton” Fire Estinguing Robot Designed and built in Quincy Illinois the “Burton” was an all iron atom-a- ton that functioned as a self-contained walking fire extinguisher. The machine carried sixty gallons externally filled what could be best described as a fire suppressant liquid. This fluid could be directed and sprayed at the fires origin with the “Burtons” twin modulating nozzles.
“The Trent”, Space Rocket ship 1864 Today marks the memory of the “Trent’s” historic record-breaking flight into the most outer reaches of space blasting up from Scotland 1864 This coal fired iron boiler set a record for all of Victorian space flights that followed in both its duration as well as distance of this historic journey. Piloted by a rouge and quite eccentric Scottish captain Sir James Kegan and two younger federation crew man and one stow away monkey .The “Trent” blasted its way into the history books as the “Iron Bullet” of what has become to be known as “the Great Victorian Steam Period”, but this was just the beginning of a yet to unfold bizarre adventure for both her crew its captain and above all the monkey, the monkeys name is Lord Zedock.
The Templer 1890 A post steam small arm developed for the Liverpool police department, to contend with the “Atomic Zombie Robots,” that were reported to be living in the tunnels beneath Waterloo Station. This was the weapon of choice most preferred by the British police department in that it had the impact required to disable these strange helmeted alien creatures, with out much noise, the “Templar” used a combination of both electricity and compressed air.
The three o’clock steamer arrives at Yuma Thanks to the ever reach of Drawger International I have now been contacted and invited to showcase my sculptures on a web site in the UK, amazing! https://www.ndigallery.com/community/631chris-spollen/photos/album?albumid=78
Daytona Speed Record Attempt 1904 A pre –dawn warm up bringing up steam pressure for a new world record speed attempt, an all-metal body custom made roaster powered by a radical new steam boiler hoping to break the two hundred mile an hour record. The only sound audible to the anxious and building crowd was a slight hiss that was barely heard over the braking of the ocean waves. She looked liked a fire breathing monster just waiting to pounce in the early morning mist, one reporter was overheard saying.
Built to Last Built to last constructed of hardened oak timbers and boilers forged from sold steel and cast in iron. This little workhorse has been beached, as a forgotten relic from a distant past. Passed by more modern sleeker forms of shipping this hometown little side-wheeler has been side lined. Fire still bellows in her boilers but she is no longer able to get a crew or a shipment for her cargo’s hold. Sadly she sits on the tides edge, seemly defying her lot in life as if to curse the wind itself, this sad little ship simply sits.
Mini Bot (Robot) Another day at the factory another Robot Above the din of the hammers and the smell of the now almost constant steam another small Robot emerges from dust and dim of the factory floor. You can always identify this one by the small rechargeable solar light on his head Mini bot is his identifying name and he is approximately four and a half foot high smaller in size when compared to Robot # 42 his predecessor
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