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Old 12-03-2008, 02:24 PM
Hank Bloomer Hank Bloomer is offline
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Just speculation on my part, but from what I have read about the way the old boats were run and the short hull life, I suspect that paint would not have been much protection or extended the life of the wood. (I'm speaking of pre 1870 boats) I have read that the accepted way to get over a sand or gravel bar was to hit it full ahead and hope to scrape over, then to grasshopper if you didn't make it. No wonder the expected boat life was only 4-5 years. The idea of hitting a bar at full steam on a flexible hulled boat with brittle cast iron steam piping boggles my mind. The number of repairs to the hull and surviving machinery of the Heroine is testamony to the hard use to which the boats were put, particularly on the smaller rivers.
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