Patent Model for Steering Steam Ships

Description
Mechanical engineer Frederck Sickels devoted his career to improving steam engines and advancing their use at sea. He was particularly interested in developing steam-assisted steering, a topic dear to many inventors as ships became larger and heavier through the middle of the nineteenth century. This patent model demonstrates Sickels's idea for a steering apparatus where steam pressure in a pair of cylinders would both control the side-to-side motion of a vessel's rudder but also hold the rudder stationary against the force of the surrounding water.
Object Name
steamboat, sickels'
steamboat, sickels', model
patent model, steering, steamboat
date made
1853
patent date
1853-05-10
patentee
Sickels, Frederick E.
inventor
Sickels, Frederick E.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (part material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 6 5/8 in x 26 1/4 in; 31.75 cm x 16.8275 cm x 66.675 cm
associated place
United States: New York, New York
United States: New York
ID Number
TR*252595
catalog number
252595
accession number
49064
patent number
9,713
subject
Maritime
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Industry & Manufacturing
Patent Models
Transportation
Invention and the Patent Model
Exhibition
Inventing In America
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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