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sive use of the same in America, which preceded by some years the establishment of practical steam-vessels carrying passengers in any part of Europe. ´╝łTemple.) Comet (transverse section). Comet (side elevation of machinery). In 1818, Mr. Scarborough, of Savannah Ga., purchased in New York a ship of about 350 tons burden, which was then on the stocks, to settle the question of the ability of a steam-vessel to navigate the ocean. This ship was the Savannah. He engaged as engineer Captain Moses Rogers, who had been familiar with the experiment of Fulton. Captain Stevens Rogers, of New London, Conn., was employed to navigate the vessel. Under his command the Savannah, having been duly equipped with engine and machinery steamed out of New York Harbor on the 27th day of March, 1819, bound to Savannah on her trial trip, which was successfully made. On the 26th of May in the same year she left Savannah for Liverpool, making the trip in 22 days, during 18 of which she was prope