Read, Nathan

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Nathan Read (1759-1949) was one of the many 18th century inventors from the North Shore.

He invented a machine that could both cut and head nails. According to Jim McAllister in the Salem News, in 1799, he opened a factory in Danversport to take advantage of that technology.

Read was also a pioneer in the field of steam engines and paddle-wheel boats. The former farmer's son also invented a sophisticated boiler and double-acting steam engine.

See Also

Vertical File in Salem Collection - Read, Nathan

Inventors have thrived on the North Shore Salem News, Sept. 5, 2011