Sunday, November 30, 2014

James River and Kanawha Company Commercial Logo

The Stourbridge Lion

First English Locomotive on Delaware & Hudson Canal track.

The "Lion" was purchased in England in 1828 and arrived in New York the
next spring.  It was intended for use in hauling coal from the mines to the 
head of the D & H canal.  However, it was never used for that purpose
 because of it's eight ton weight which was nearly double the design strength
of the wooden and iron strapped rails. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

U. S. A. H. Sevier; Snag Boat No. 4

These double-hulled craft incorporated and iron-sheathed
snag beam at the bow joining the two hulls.  During operations
 the boat was run full speed at the projecting snag,
forcing it up  and out of the water.  The snag was then hauled
 onto the boat deck and cut into pieces.  Snag boats
were capable of removing snags weighing up to seventy-five tons.

The A. H. Sevier, Snag Boat No. 4 worked
under the direction of the Superintendent of Western River
 Improvements, within the War Department.  Built during the 1840's
 each hull of the Sevier was about one hundred and fifty
 feet long, twenty-two feet wide, with twelve feet between the hulls.
 -- 19th Century"xxxxxx, St. Louis, 1858" sketch book. 

Anatomy of a Navigation Lock [Water Transport]

A Navigation Lock is a device for raising and lowering boats
between stretches of water with different elevations.  (River
and Canal Waterways).  Locks are sometimes used to make
rivers more navigable.

"Trade To the West" {JR & K Canal)

Monday, November 3, 2014