Cugnot Steam Wagon, Built 1770, on Exhibit at the New York Museum of Science and Industry

Summary

French military engineer Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot designed his three-wheeled, steam-powered dray to haul cannons. While it could carry five tons at two miles per hour, Cugnot's unwieldy wagon was difficult to steer, and its inefficient boiler limited the dray's operating time to about 15 minutes. Unimpressed, French officials did not approve Cugnot's steam wagon for military use.

French military engineer Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot designed his three-wheeled, steam-powered dray to haul cannons. While it could carry five tons at two miles per hour, Cugnot's unwieldy wagon was difficult to steer, and its inefficient boiler limited the dray's operating time to about 15 minutes. Unimpressed, French officials did not approve Cugnot's steam wagon for military use.

Artifact

Photographic postcard

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

92.150.9363

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Family of Henry Austin Clark, Jr.

Material

Card stock

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.563 in

Width: 5.563 in

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