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Bostic Paddle Wheel Boat Project
Austin Simonon 11 April 2013
Transcript of Bostic Paddle Wheel Boat Project
By Ethan Bertrand & Geoffrey Simon What is a Paddle Wheel Boat? A paddle boat (Also known as a paddle steamer) is a riverboat powered by an engine that powers the paddle that moves the boat through the water. Paddle wheel boats are now not as popular as they were when they were invented because of the modern screw propeller that has higher efficiency. They are now more seen in the modern day on tour or pleasure boats There are two basic types of paddle wheel steamers. There are the stern-wheelers, which is a single paddle on the rear or there are the side-wheelers, where a paddle wheel is on either side. Stern-wheelers are more useful on a narrower river because they are more maneuverable (The two wheels can run at different speeds making it easier to turn, etc.). The use of the paddle wheel shows up with the mechanical design of the Roman engineer Vitruvius, in this he describes multi-geared paddle wheels working as a ship odometer. The firs mention of paddle wheels as a propulsion comes from De Rebus Bellicis.