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Old 10-05-2016, 12:53 PM
Frank X. Prudent Frank X. Prudent is offline
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I think between Dale and Jim they pretty much have hit the bullseye with their answers.

I knew about the Swain boats having oscillating engines, but they were sidewheelers. Somewhere in an old "S&D Reflector" Fred Way ran a photo of this sort of get up. I've never heard of an oscillating engine being on a sternwheel boat. Also after a quick check of the index of Louis C. Hunter's "Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History" I see no mention of oscillating machinery at all.
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