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OCTOBER 5th, 1839-MAY 30th, 1840.
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MECHANICS' MAGAZINE OFFice, 166, FLEET-STREET.
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CAPTAIN SMITH'S STEAM VESSEL PADDLE-BOX BOATS.
CAPTAIN SMITH'S STEAM VESSEL
scribed in the accompanying drawing
(see front page, and below), which inven[From the Appendix to Report on Steum Vessel
tion my Lords Commissioners of the Accidents. ]
Admiralty have been pleased to try It is scarcely necessary to remark, on board of het Majesty's steam vessel that it is universally admitted that steam Carron (a vessel between 200 and 300 vessels are very deficient in boats; so tons burthen). The upper section of her much so, that when a steam vessel is paddle-wheel is covered by a life-boat, lost, if the lives of the passengers and 25 feet long, 9 feet beam, having four crew are not sacrificed, it may be con- air-tight cases, which may be removed sidered an especial interposition of Pro- if required on particular occasions. This vidence.
life-boat is capable of containing between This deficiency, and the difficulty in 40 and 50 persons. When in her place steam vessels of carrying boats on deck (fig. 1.) over the paddle wheel, the midand in getting them in or out, has led ship thwarts are unshipped, which adme to turn my attention to the subject; mits of the wheel revolving within about the result has been the invention de- 6 inches of her kelson (fig. 2.), she lies
bottom upwards on two iron davits having hinges which enable her to be turned over and lowered down by six men in two or three minutes. A boat of similar capacity could not be got out if stowed in the usual position on deck under 20 minutes by the whole crew, and in case of fire, probably not at all.
It is proposed that steam vessels should have one large boat over each paddle wheel; in the most powerful vessels they may be 30 feet in length, with above 9 feet beam. Vessels fitted with boats on this plan present less resistance to the wind and atmosphere in sailing and steaming, and their appearance is con
bly improved. The upper float
boards can be got at with ease when requisite, by raising the boat a little on her davits. If thought requisite to add to the number of boats, the cabins, before and abast the paddle wheels may be roofed by smaller ones, as shown in the drawings.
The officers of Woolwich and Sheerness dock-yards, also three captains in command of ships at Portsmouth, have made very favourable reports on the life-boat fitted to the Carron, which reports have been forwarded officially to my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and their Lordships have ordered a larger vessel, the Firefly, to be fitted on a similar plan.