spoonbill bow

A well-rounded prow, resembling the bowl of a spoon, that enabled a steamboat to beach itself at a shallow landing. The slow turning of the paddlewheels would hold the boat in place while loading or unloading, after which the boat could then extract itself by reversing the engines. Spoonbill bows were seen on many upper river boats beginning in the mid-1860s.



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