The author of "Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and the Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier," will speak at a Beaufort County Historical Society event this week.
The book by historian John Laurence Busch is about Rogers' plan to design a steam vessel to travel the ocean, an effort in the early 19th century that led many mariners to call his steam ship a "steam coffin," according to a description on Amazon.com.
The event begins at noon Thursday at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at the corner of North and Church streets in Beaufort.
The talk is free and open to the public. An optional lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. for $10 per person.
Reservations: Call Nancy Gilley at 843-524-7969.