Thomas Tassell Grant

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Thomas Tassell Grant was born in Portsea, Portsmouth, England back in 1795.  This one is going to be short, so hang on.  In 1829, he invented a steam-powered machine for making biscuits aboard ships in a hexagon shape saving a lot of waste over the conventional round ones.   For his invention, he was given a 2,000-pound grant by parliament.

 He also received a medal from King Louis Philippe as well as a gold medal from the Society of Arts, London.  However, in 1834 he invented a desalination plant that distilled fresh water at sea which advanced the sanitary and moral condition of the navy.  The first one was installed on the HMS Wye, it produced 10,000 gallons a day during the Crimean War. For that invention, he was knighted by Queen Victoria.  He died in 1859 from cancer.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - as Wayne Martin commented, Mr. Grant was definitely an original thinker and his inventions were seemingly quite different.  Maybe there is a connection beyond his ability to problem-solve.  

May 03, 2020 05:15 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning James Dray this is a photo of that original plant....

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May 03, 2020 05:19 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a smart guy. this was huge for so many folks bot at sea and on the land.

May 03, 2020 05:30 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I wonder why the device is not used more for irrigation for arid lands on the salty sea!

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May 03, 2020 05:38 AM #5
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I always enjoy learning about your featured historical figures- so much creativity

May 03, 2020 06:13 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James. 2,000 pound back in the early 19 century was huge money. The invention of a desalination plant should be worth even more.

May 03, 2020 06:22 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Santa Barbara is in the process of finishing a desalination plant in case of drought.  Happy Sunday.  A

May 03, 2020 06:25 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

All I can say is Thomas deserved to be knighted by the queen for his invention. It seems like the queen all the knights celebrities today. I hope you enjoy your golf today.

Happy Sunday morning James Dray 

May 03, 2020 06:29 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that was a very big invention for the British Navy.

May 03, 2020 06:34 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

With that kind of invention, we should be able to make use of all the water on the planet, correct?

May 03, 2020 07:17 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, I love reading about these leaders for invention, and especially so long ago!  

May 03, 2020 07:51 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, Good to learn all the time from your blogs of all these first that people started.


May 03, 2020 10:22 AM #13
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

An inventive man and one who was recognized for what he created. I know Israel uses desalination to create fields from desert.

May 03, 2020 10:57 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that was a noteworthy invention!!!  Love to read the back story. 

May 03, 2020 01:35 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a remarkable man who's development of desalination has had countless applications around the world.

May 03, 2020 02:50 PM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

James Dray - This is a pretty significant invention!  He deserved to be knighted.

May 03, 2020 04:35 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow James now that is a good one still used today with minor improvements Endre

May 03, 2020 11:01 PM #18
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What a great thinker Thomas was. I wonder if he inspired the Wendy's hamburger as well James Dray 

May 04, 2020 01:05 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Fascinating read! I wonder if this was the precursor to the type of desalination plant we have in Carlsbad now!?


May 04, 2020 08:06 PM #20
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Wow, I'll bet sailors everywhere were and are grateful to Thomas Tassell Grant!

May 05, 2020 02:24 PM #21
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