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Old 04-08-2008, 11:43 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Midway, Utah
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Note on boiler fuel: On the Yukon River they were still fireing with wood until the boats were laid up in the 1950's.

In 1819 -1820 a boat the "Missouri Packet" was built in or near Louisville. She snagged and sank a bit above Boonville, Mo. in 1820. and was excavated 1986-7. I had a look look at the boilers and engine in Dec 1987. The boilers were 16 ft long and 34 inch in dia. They had one fire flue. The flue appears to be a return flue and entered the bottom of the
boiler and exited at the top. This flue was 16 inches in dia. I think the boilers and Engine may be on display at the Arabia museum in Kansas City. The boat was a bootjack and only one engine. I felt that she had a cut off valve. She has a simple slide valve. The paddle wheel had Iron arms and a fly wheel (balance wheel) on the side opposite the engine and crank.

Carl Jones
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