In the latter half of the 19th century, steam's power made for some interesting steam machines
The Winans steam gun.
Henri Giffard's steam-powered dirigible of 1852 was in fact the first full-size airship.
A ''David''-style cigar boat photographed in Charleston, S.C., in 1865 and an 1863 drawing showing the inner workings of David C. Ebaugh's original design (inset).
Clement Ader's ill-fated steam-powered airplane.
Patent drawing for Villar and Talbot's ''steam land torpedo.''In their patent application of 1915, Villar and Talbot proposed transporting a torpedo (7 in the drawing) across no-man's-land by means of a two-cylinder steam engine (5) and boiler (6). The engine was to be manufactured inexpensively, as it would, in all likelihood, be destroyed by the blast. If one wanted to retrieve the engine, which had no reversing mechanism, the control cable (9) could bring it back.