Wood from Propeller Indiana

Description
The abundance of timber along the shores of the Great Lakes gave steamboats a ready supply of fuel. Partly burned logs from Indiana’s boiler grate indicate that the boiler had been stoked just before the steamboat sank.
Pound for pound, coal provides more energy than wood. Coal was found in the vicinity of the boiler in the hold, and historical sources indicate that it was a common fuel on upbound (northerly) voyages, while wood was the principal downbound fuel.
Object Name
cordwood fuel
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
average: 48 in x 6 in; x 121.92 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: group of wood: 22 in x 52 in x 59 in; 55.88 cm x 132.08 cm x 149.86 cm
Associated Place
Great Lakes
ID Number
1979.1030.64
catalog number
1979.1030.64
accession number
1979.1030
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cultures & Communities
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Energy & Power
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Michigan Department of State, Michigan History Division (through Bruce J. Andrews)
Related Publication
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater
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