The Technology of Steamboats
A steamboat is a ship that is powered primarily by steam energy, typically driven by paddle wheels or propellers. Steamboats can be of various shapes and sizes and have different uses. The boats can be rowed or steered and may not have a crew. Steamboat boats can take on-board appliances such as a kitchen or sleeping quarters.
There are many models of steamboat that can be obtained through various sources including antique shops, sailing clubs and even online auctions. Some of the more popular steam engines include the Beswick Nantucket, Colorado River, John B. Huntley and Bracknell Steamboats. The Nantucket is one of the more popular models in the American West due to its lightweight size and high efficiency. The steam engines of the Colorado River can be found in many model steamboats. The largest steamboat in the world is the Bracknell steamboat.
One of the more interesting facts about steamboat technology in the early nineteenth century is that it was originally designed to fit inside the steamboat. The engine was so streamlined that the person who designed the steamboat, John Fox, was able to slip it over the top of the engine and still have room for steering and making noises with the propane fueled water that was powering the boat. The problem with this type of steamboat was that the propeller was not efficient enough to get the boat to the destination; therefore, the concept of the steamboat became outdated quickly and never came back into popularity. The steam engine was however, the main factor behind the demise of the steamboat and although there were improvements made on the steamboat in the later years, it was never again as popular as it had been in the earlier years.