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Side Lever Engine


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Old 06-18-2018, 02:28:59 PM
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hello all

this is a basic drawing of a side level steam engine 1840s used in the first naval steam powered war ship USS MISSISSIPPI

because the drawing is very simple it lacks all the "working" details of how such an engine works.

does anyone know if such an engine survives in a museum or know of any drawings of such an engine?

these were designed in England and became the standard marine engine so there must be working drawings someplace.
cheers
dave
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Maybe I'm blind to something but it seems to me that it's almost identical to a normal walking beam engine, just with the beam located to the sides rather than the top. Looks pretty neat anyways!
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That "cathedral" frame looks an awful lot like the Novelty Iron Works engine at HFM. They did build naval engines and built parts of the "Monitor", although the Monitor's engines were built by another. There were a lot of designs like these trying to keep the center of gravity low for use on ships. There is a list of all the engines the Novelty Iron Works built on line, I can't remember where I've seen it. - JM
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There are a few side lever engines preserved. There's a late-model one in the tug Eppleton Hall, preserved in San Francisco. This has a grasshopper side lever engine, though:-

http://www.tynetugs.co.uk/eppletonhall-engines.html


There are at least two smallish single cylinder examples preserved on land in the UK.

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Here are some photos of a beautiful model in Liverpool Maritime Museum. It represents the engine of the paddle steamer Berenice built in 1836 by Robert Napier.
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