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Old 09-06-2012, 12:05 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Midway, Utah
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hi all riverrats
I only know the Dredge Lewis wheels. The arms were of finished, planned wood with faded red paint, The bucket boards were raw wood. as she was a side wheeler. there were extra bucket boards to off set the weight of the crank and the wheel was egg shaped so that at the end of the stroke there was less bucket in the water.

going way back in history to the Missouri Packet lost on the Missouri River in 1819. She had metal arms and boards for buckets not the 2 plus inch thick planks of the Lewis. the Missouri Packet only had one engine with the wheel in a boot jack arrangement. there was an iron balance wheel on the other side to keep her from dead centering. In looking at that engine and the rods to the sliding valve she may have had a cut off to the valve to save steam. The last I know that engine was at the Arabia museum in KC.

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