History of Steam on the Erie Canal

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History of Steam on the Erie Canal by Anonymous

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ting paddle wheel, and was built of light iron at Green Point. She had a recess at the bow for her submerged wheel, and, when thus tried, found the retarding effects of the mechanical currents at and against the bow so great, as to cause her original bow-propulsion to be made stern-propulsion, when she was much improved. She was tried with cargo for a short distance on the canal, and withdrawn.

The Fountain City is a common boat, with machinery at her stern. She has two submerged horizontal, excentric-acting paddle-wheels, each of small diameter. These are placed under her quarters, in the rudder cross-section, and she is steered by her machinery. The characteristics of these wheels are like the Excelsior's, and the eccentric variations of both--together with the Byron's, Montana's and Viele's--are known as old devices of secondary merit on river, lake and ocean steamers.

The Santiago is a scow-boat, with a recess, or flume, the whole length

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