Re: Virginia's engines


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on November 04, 2001 at 13:54:39:

In Reply to: Re: Virginia's engines posted by Mabry Tyson on November 04, 2001 at 13:36:33:

Here's something relevant, from E.A. Jack's memoirs (see Bibliography. My copy below comes from the typescript version that the Flanders/Westfall publication is based on.):

Her motive power was two horizontal condensing engines which were supplied with steam from four Martin boilers containing three furnaces each. The engines were operated by link-gear which was shifted by the arc and pinion movement and were quite difficult to manage, and required at least two men at the reversing gear. For one of the furnaces a frame of wrought iron was made upon which shot for the smooth bore could be placed and heated and tool and trivets supplied to handle and convey them to the guns. There were two auxiliary steam pumps of the Worthington type, with about six-inch water cylinders. These pumps could be used either to supply the boiler with water or to pump water from the bilge


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