Focus Friday - Paddle Steamers

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Friday, Apr 13 2012 by

A paddle steamer is a steamship or riverboat, powered by a steam engine, using paddle wheels to propel it through the water. In antiquity, Paddle wheelers followed the development of poles, oars and sails, where the first uses were wheelers driven by animals or humans. Modern paddle wheelers may be powered by diesel engines. Save for tourism and small pleasure boats (paddle boats), paddle propulsion is largely superseded by the screw propeller and other marine propulsion that have a higher efficiency, especially in rough or open water.

Paddle steamer Ryde (Google Maps)
Paddle steamer Ryde

Paddlesteamer Medway Queen (Google Maps)
Paddlesteamer Medway Queen
HMS Trincomalee & paddle steamer Wingfield Castle (Google Maps)
HMS Trincomalee & paddle steamer Wingfield Castle

P.S. Tattershall Castle (Google Maps)
P.S. Tattershall Castle

Paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth (Birds Eye)
Paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth

PS Lincoln Castle (Birds Eye)
PS Lincoln Castle
Paddle steamer Maid of the Loch (Google Maps)
Paddle steamer Maid of the Loch

Paddle steamer Waverley (Birds Eye)
Paddle steamer Waverley
Paddle Steamer Ruby (Google Maps)
Paddle Steamer Ruby

Paddle steamer Kingswear Castle (Birds Eye)
Paddle steamer Kingswear Castle