Boston to Calcutta without breaking a sweat

 
“The sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well... The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges”
— Henry David Thoreau
 
 

To send something from Boston to Calcutta is no small task even today, much less two centuries ago. Construction of the Suez Canal would not even begin for another twenty six years and reaching India meant circumnavigating the whole of Africa.

This distance of 16,000 miles would be enough to put-off even the most intrepid entrepreneur, but Frederic Tudor was no ordinary entrepreneur. The ‘Ice King’ invented the means to harvest, store, and transport ice to the far-off corners of the globe and created a great business empire.

The Ice King was a true entrepreneur who rightly believed that anyone who would give up at first repulse, without striking the second blow, would despair of success, and would never be a hero in war, love, or business. Prophetic words from a man who mastered two of those three domains.