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Internal boiler room temperatures - Civil War Steam boat era

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:32 AM
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Default Internal boiler room temperatures - Civil War Steam boat era

History technical question --

Need information on what the work environment was in the boiler room of steam boats around the Civil War. A thin, workhardened man, who runs several miles a day can get his internal temperature up to 104 degrees, and so long as he had adequate fluids and sweats he can maintain that temperature for some time. More running, more working in a hot environment, it gets easier.

So what temperature range would the room / area which contained boilers be - what temperatures would a firemen who wooded / loaded boilers with wood endure.

One man who worked in the boiler room of Ohio river tow in the 1950s estimated that temperature was often 120 degrees F.

One response indicated that the environment would be ambient temperature as the boiler was located near the boat's bow. Perhaps, but even if one is working on an engine, one exposed to the heat of engine.

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