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" One of the earliest recorded steam-powered dredges was one recorded working in 1796 for the Port of Sunderland, England. "
The Earthmover Encyclopedia - Page 8
by Keith Haddock
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Construction Equipment Management for Engineers, Estimators, and Owners

Douglas D. Gransberg, Calin M. Popescu, Richard Ryan - Technology & Engineering - 2006 - 568 pages
...heavy construction equipment was changing from man or livestock power to steam. "One of the earliest steam-powered dredges was one recorded working in 1796 for the Port of Sunderland, England" [3]. Waterways, canals, and ports were the main modes of transporting goods so it makes sense that...
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