“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
I didn't know this!
April 1, 1875 - Capt. Nat Herreshoff scrapped his plan to outfit the catamaran AMARYLLIS with a molded wing when irate cotton mill workers blockaded the plant and Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. employees refused to cross the picket lines.
Don't ever become good at anything you don't love to do.
First that NGH was considering a "molded wing" for a sail in 1875! Amaryllis was a mind-boggling machine to begin with. Would love to see his sketches.
Second that the Herreshoff workers would honor a picket line then was another. What organized labor there was at the time was very much sorted out by trade, of which there must have been half a dozen at Herreshoff Manufacturing at the time, and I would assume most, if not all, were not organized. I can see organized textile workers from Fall River hiring a small steamer to bring a bunch of folks to organize a picket line, but that it was effective is very surprising. Or maybe there was a Sailmakers Union. Organized labor was very much in its infancy in those days, and it was mostly the skilled trades.
Want to know more!
What's the date noted on that event?
April 1, 1875. I still think Amaryllis is the ultimate steampunk boat, wing sail or no.