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 - Riverboat wreckage identified as early 1800s...
Riverboat wreckage identified as early 1800s sidewheeler Continued from Page 7 Tolman said, the ;1830s;6r early 1840s,"' Web site concerning the Address is: c- HEAVY DUTY WASHER 2 WASH-RINSE SUKGtUTOr A]!hrter {Tolman 'said', '^It's a sidewheeler steamboatys under construction.! fromjthe same'period, with one * J -----engine and a single shaft." That type mechanical makeup puts the Fort Towson boat in the "transition period" between Eastern blue-water boats and shallow draft Western boats. With a single shaft, one engine and two paddles, the mechanics of steering demanded a clutch, so power could be disengaged from one engine when turning the boat. Later sidewheeiers usually had an engine for each paddle wheel. That configuration made for more equal distribution of power and made turning easier, 'since one engine could be reversed while the other continued to move the boat forward. Movies made much of the stern wheeler, but Tolman said "real river men" of the mid- 19th century preferred side- wheelers. "River men considered the sternwheeler a scow," he said. "The beautiful boat was the sidewheeler. "Each had its advantages, though. For a time, most were sidewheeiers. That design fell off before the Civil War, then came back for a time." Records indicate seven or eight steam boat wrecks in Oklahoma, but none matches the presumed Caddo. Dimensions of the found boat, machinery, its location — "AH point to this being the Caddo," Noble True Value 2 PC. MULTI ITOOL $ 2246 Bonham • 785-0044 2475 N. Main TUESDAY EVENING ' STATION KTVT CBS KDFW FOX KXAS NBC PAXTV PAX VVTBS IND WFAA ABC WGN IND A CD Gfl L5J C6J ID llJ B QD W LD 132) ID C QD GO llJ (35) IS) D CD Cfl 15J 111) L8J 19

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 07 Dec 1999, Tue,
  3. Page 9

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