Patent Model for Steering Steam Ships

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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.
date made
1853
patent date
1853-05-10
patentee
Sickels, Frederick E.
inventor
Sickels, Frederick E.
associated place
United States: New York, New York
United States: New York
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
ID Number
TR.252595
catalog number
252595
accession number
49064
patent number
9,713
subject
Maritime
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Exhibition
Inventing In America
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History