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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Oyster Steamer: 1908

Oyster Steamer: 1908

Hampton, Virginia, circa 1908. "Oyster steamboat Kecoughtan at landing." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Steeple Compound

Thanks Stanton for the nice info. Steeple compounds are really interesting. The traditional compound steam engines always had a separate cylinder and valve gear for each expansion (recycling) of steam but the steeples put the pistons and cylinders on top of each other. This reduced the number of moving parts to lubricate and cause vibration and made a smaller, lighter engine. Steeple compounds were made through the 1950's, in fact, the Lake Michigan carferry "Badger" has two still in operation.

Steamer Kecoughtan

The steamer Kecoughtan was built 1903 at Pocomoke City, Md. Crew size of six to twelve. Powered by a Steeple compound engine with a water tube boiler. 74 ft long, 56 gross tons.

 
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