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OCTOBER 5th, 1839-MAY 30th, 1840.
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EDITED PRINTED AND PUBLISHED, BY J. C. ROBERTSON,
MECHANICS' MAGAZINE OFFICE, 166, FLEET-STREET.
CAPTAIN SMITH'S STEAM VESSEL PADDLE-BOX Boats. CAPTAIN SMITH'S STEAM VESSEL
scribed in the accompanying drawing PADDLE-BOX BOATS.
(see front page, and below), which inven. [From the Appendix to Report on Steam 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 boards can be got at with ease when having hinges which enable her to requisite, by raising the boat a little on be turned over and lowered down by her davits. If thought requisite to add six men in two or three minutes. A to the number of boats, the cabins, beboat of similar capacity could not be got fore and abaft the paddle wheels may be out if stowed in the usual position on roofed by smaller ones, as shown in the deck under 20 minutes by the whole drawings. crew, and in case of fire, probably not The officers of Woolwich and Sheerat all.
ness dock-yards, also three captains in It is proposed that steam vessels should command of ships at Portsmouth, have have one large boat over each paddle made very favourable reports on the wheel; in the most powerful vessels they life-boat fitted to the Carron, which remay be 30 feet in length, with above ports have been forwarded officially to 9 feet beam. Vessels fitted with boats on my Lords Commissioners of the Admithis plan present less resistance to the ralty, and their Lordships have ordered wind and atmosphere in sailing and a larger vessel, the Firefly, to be fitted steaming, and their appearance is con on a similar plan.
bly improved. The upper float