I was interested to read here about Laird
's method of riveting boilers using some sort of steam-powered or hydraulic device.
This was in 1874 and I thought in those days that riveting was still done by hand, with men using hammers to secure the hot rivets.
There was a TV documentary last year about the Titanic which described how its hull was riveted using hammers - and that was in 1911-1912.
's well ahead of their time with this riveting method?