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Old 06-11-2011, 11:03 AM
Paul Penta Paul Penta is offline
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Location: Copperas Cove, TX
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Originally Posted by Steve Huffman View Post
Right, it's my understanding that the wheel alone has been her propulsion (no conventional propellers or Z drives). With this news about the wheel/fantail rebuild, I just wasn't sure what all they had done! It would seem too costly to have fit her with screws now(?). I agree, the new wheel construction looks heavy enough to be for actual use.

There is an interesting NTSB report about her engine room fire in '08 here:

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure the wheel on the Empress of the North does not drive the boat.

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