Photo -- See Caption Below
Photo -- See Caption Below


Steam engines powered the machines of the 19th century, and steam engines propelled the ironclad gunboats. Steam produced in the boilers was concentrated in the steam drum and passed through a throttle to drive the pistons of the engine.  A connecting pitman arm turned the crank of the paddle wheel.

The Engines

Type: Reciprocating steam -- noncondensing
Number:     2
Cylinders: 1 per engine
Cylinder inclination: 15º
Piston rods: 4” diameter x 110’ long

Vicksburg National Military Park