On the Mississippi many years steamboat hazards. They are worldwide known for their distinctive wheels. These were used as the Mississippi River, although a very long river, but also a fairly shallow river. The ships could therefore make little depth. The boats have radar in many more dangers but are still mostly associated with the Mississippi River.
The number of steamers with wheels quickly took to the Mississippi River. There were only 14 in 1817, in 1819 there were 31 active paddle boats, good for 1,200 charges. They were used for the shipping of coal, cotton, wood, sugar, cereals, cattle and passengers. They could just as quickly sail upstream and downstream areas, which explained their popularity.
The boats were powered by a steam engine and made entirely of wood. They were on average about 43 meters long and six meters wide. Their draft was not much larger than that of a canoe. The boats had internal poles or iron trusses to prevent sagging of the hull. There were two rudders present to steer the ship. There were two versions of the paddle boats: one with two paddle wheels left and right and one with a paddle wheel on the back. The passenger was conducted with two decks. They were lavishly decorated with woodwork and velvet. There were stairs, kitchens and elegant cabins with living rooms available. In the living room, ladies lounge and smoking room were plush chairs and huts were decorated with gilding. The ships were poorly maintained and only went five years. In addition to the normal wear characterized the ships themselves by frequent fires and boiler explosions. Between 1840 and 1860 found about 4000 people died were thus destroyed because of a boiler explosion and 500 ships.
Between 1920 and 1940 the diesel tugboats were on the rise and slowly supplanted this the paddle boats. On the diesel tugs were fewer staff needed, moreover they were much safer.
Learn more about the construction of paddle boats? See this page model: Boat West
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