The Turbinia

The world's first turbine driven ship
The Turbinia was built for Charles Parsons to demonstrate his steam turbine engines. Launched in 1894 at Wallsend on the River Tyne, the Turbinia was for 15 years the world's fastest ship, reaching speeds of over 34 knots. It was famously displayed at the 1897 Spithead Review, where it darted between the Royal Navy's much larger and much slower vessels. The Turbinia revolutionised marine transport and naval warfare. It is now preserved at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

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