James Lowe

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Lowe was born in Rotherhithe, London, England back in 1798 to James and Elizabeth.  In 1811, he worked with a master mechanic and Freeman in London, England.  In 1800, his mentor Edward Shorter had taken out a patent for propelling vessels.  In 1816, he joined the whaling ship, the Amelia Wilson.  He came back to Edward in 1825 after three voyages whom he went into a partnership with. 

He left shortly going into business as machinist and a smoke-jack maker.  In 1838, he applied and received patent (GB patent 7599) for his invention.  His invention was first used in the steamship Wizard in 1837, later used on the vessels Rattler and Phoenix. 

In December of 1844, he brought action in the Court of Queen’s Bench against Penn & Co.  engineers at Greenwich, for infringement of the patent.  The jury ruled in his favor and in 1852, he took out another patent (GB 14263) for another of his inventions.  He died in 1866.

What you may not know about James Lowe is that he invented what is basically in use to this day.  for you see he invented the screw propeller for ships.  His daughter Henrietta continued her father’s experiments and her improved invention was used on the SS Lusitania.

NW Arkansas, come for a visit, stay for a lifetime.


Posted by


NW Arkansas the home of WalMart, JB Hunt Trucking and Tyson Foods.


Come for a visit stay for a lifetime.  


URL http://www.sellnwa.com 

Comments (21)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

I for one thank them for helping my boat glide through the water.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 31, 2021 03:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James: this post prompts me to investigate "Freeman" as a job title.


Jul 31, 2021 04:06 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I think back to those days and wonder how easy or difficult it must have been at that time to get a patent for a new invention.

Jul 31, 2021 04:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... another very old invention that still has impact today. I don't think most of us appreciate how many there actually are.

Jul 31, 2021 04:37 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think it is amazing when something invented so long ago is still in use today since it seems like improvements and changes are made frequently.

Jul 31, 2021 05:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Where are a few terms/trades listed here I've never heard of James Dray but then again you don't learn much about sea fairing vessells living in ND.

Jul 31, 2021 05:24 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I guess that invention applies to all boats since most propellers work the same way.

Jul 31, 2021 06:01 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

did not know, thanks. . Have a great weekend, thanks again for your post.  Bill Salvatore

Jul 31, 2021 06:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nice to see something stand the test of time. Enjoy your day.

Jul 31, 2021 06:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James and thanks for the history lesson again.  Glad his little girl worked on it also.


Jul 31, 2021 07:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, not aware of much on a ship or boat, this seems like an important feature.  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 31, 2021 07:10 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- and that brings meaning to twin screws!  

Jul 31, 2021 09:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. Have an outstanding weekend.

Jul 31, 2021 09:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

An interesting read, but all news to me. He certainly started out as an apprentice at a young age, and look where it led!


Jul 31, 2021 09:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful inventor with an invention that is still in use today.  How wonderful!  A

Jul 31, 2021 10:23 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good afternoon James. And here I thought he may have invented the massive hardware store.

Jul 31, 2021 10:39 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I had no idea, now the Lusitania should inspire you to write a post about the invention of the Torpedo:))Endre

Jul 31, 2021 12:25 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

So no more paddle wheels crossing the ocean James Dray. Thank you for sharing my friend...

Jul 31, 2021 05:05 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Innovation that still in use today. Now that's really incredible.

Aug 02, 2021 06:29 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

James Lowe’s invention had to have a revolutionary affect on steamships. Of course, the improved propellors did not protect the Lusitania from being sunk by a torpedo.

Nov 04, 2021 11:03 AM