A Letter Addresses to Canal Proprietors on the Practicability of Employing Steam Power on Canals

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J. Hatchard, 1842 - Canals - 24 pages
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Page 13 - The attention of Mr. Williams having been attracted to the successful plan for the conveyance of passengers adopted on the Glasgow and Paisley Canal, where light sheet-iron boats, of great length, travel at a speed of nine miles an hour, he was induced to attempt the introduction of the same system on the Irish canals. A great difficulty, however, presented itself, as the locks there would only admit boats 60 feet long, which length was quite inadequate to the carrying out, with advantage, the principle...
Page 15 - ... stiffness, and enables passengers to enter and leave the boat with safety. Considerable time is saved in passing the locks, by the opposition of the square end when the bow is raised ; the boat may thus be run almost at full speed into the lock, and both ends being raised simultaneously, it is stopped much more easily than if the tapered ends were down. No provision is necessary for keeping the ends down, as the weight of the bow and steersman answers the purpose. This boat has been working without...

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