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Schilling Canal Boat Propulsion System, Patent Model

Schilling Canal Boat Propulsion System, Patent Model

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Description
In 1870, Cornelius Schilling patented the use of an oscillating single-bladed paddle to propel vessels "with ease and facility." The next year he thought better of his inefficient idea. In a new patent application, he disclaimed everything in his first attempt and proposed instead the arrangement of multiple paddles seen in this model. This model accompanied his application for an “improvement in propulsion of canal boats” that received patent number 119,792 on October 10, 1871. The patent claimed that the paddles "are so arranged that they alternate with each other, one set being in action while the other is carried back through the air, and thereby a continuous action of the propeller is produced."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
canal boat propulsion, patent model
patent model, boat propulsion, canal
Object Type
Patent Model
Date made
1871
patent date
1871-10-10
patentee
Schilling, Cornelius
inventor
Schilling, Cornelius
Associated Place
United States: New York
associated place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
tin (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 4 in x 3 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 10.16 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
1979.1029.02
catalog number
1979.1029.02
accession number
1979.1029
patent number
119,792
subject
Patent Models
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Work and Industry: Maritime
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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