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Wheels and Wheelhouse

2007

Vicksburg National Military Park, National Park Service

Vicksburg National Military Park, National Park Service

View of the Paddlewheel showing the ghosting (laminated wood framework) with the port pitman arm.
Cairo paddle wheel propelled the gunboat at a speed of 6 knots. The paddle wheel was placed within the raceway between the casemates to protect it from enemy cannon fire. This paddle wheel is a recessed wheel similar to the well-known stern wheel. The buckets were probably made of uniform-width wood and could easily be replaced when damaged.

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