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Old 10-05-2016, 08:09 PM
David Dewey David Dewey is offline
 
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The physical characteristics of the stern wheeler would make an oscillating engine difficult to install. The pivot point would have to be very well-secured to the boat's framing, and, unless the pivot were placed in the middle of the cylinder, the weight of the cylinders would tend to cause the wheel to lope. This wouldn't be true of a vertical cylinder.
Those are just some of the problems I can see with such a design--there are much more experienced steam folks here than me that could chime in.
Also thinking about it, today OSHA would have fits around such machinery!!
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