History of John Andrews Water into Gasoline Mystery Part 1

About the mystery and history of John Andrew's amazing invention which converted water into a usable fuel.


From: D.P. DODD (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Revised by the Eds.

One day in 1916, only months before the U.S. declared war on Germany, two men in a Packard drove into the New York Navy Yard. One was John Andrews, an inventor from McKeesport, Pa., the other man was John Carney, a Pennsylvania banker. According to a report filed by Capt. E. W. Jessop, the yard's senior engineer, Andrews's companion explained that they had just driven all the way from Pittsburgh using a revolutionary new fuel, consisting largely of water, which Andrews had developed. Skeptical but nonetheless intrigued, Jessop authorized Andrews's request for permission to demonstrate his product on a navy internal combustion engine. The test was scheduled for the next morning using a motor boat engine.

Andrews arrived on time, carrying an empty gallon can and a small satchel. The navy observers handed him a bucket of tap water and watched as he turned his back and bent over his paraphernalia. Moments later he handed up the can, now full of some fluid, to Jessop. Jessop and the others were already dubious: Did Andrews in fact transfer the water from the bucket to the can, or did he somehow fill the can with some other liquid? Andrews listened to their expressions of doubt and calmly poured both the contents of the can and a half gallon of water from the navy's bucket into the engine's fuel tank. He then took a small phial of green liquid from his vest pocket, transferred six or seven drops into the tank, and said, "Start the engine." The engine sputtered for a moment. Andrews hastily made some adjustments, and then the engine began to run smoothly at 75% of its peak horsepower until the fuel was consumed. Incredulous, the navy people scheduled another demonstration for the next day. This time Andrews, again equipped with a satchel and a can, was handed a bucket of sea water dredged up the previous night, and was shut in a small room with no furniture or equipment and no drain where he might dispose of the water. He emerged with a can of fluid and the bucket, now half empty; the room showed no evidence of any spillage. He poured the contents of the can into the tank and added a few drops of the green substance from his phial. This time the engine started immediately and again ran at 75% capacity until the fuel was used up.

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