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STATICALLY PRESERVED PADDLE STEAMER ENGINES  (outside of the vessel hull)
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Several examples of paddle steamer engines have been preserved and are available for public viewing. One of the finest examples is that of the former Lake Lucerne paddler Pilatus, displayed at the Verkehrshaus, the Swiss National Transport Museum at Lucerne 

In a shock decision made in 2008, the engines of PS Goethe (1913) were removed and replaced by diesel-hydraulic drives. They are to be exhibited at the Cologne City Museum (Koelnisches Stadtmuseum).

CALEDONIA

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Triple Expansion Diagonal

1934

Brock

Denny (Dumbarton)

Liphook, Hampshire - UK

COMPTON CASTLE

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Dartmouth - UK (soon)

EMPRESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southampton - UK

LEVEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dumbarton - UK

PILATUS

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Compound Diagonal

1895

Gooch

Sulzer (Winterthur)

Luzern - CH

RIGI

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Compound Oscillating

1894

Stephenson

 

Luzern - CH

HELVETIE

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Triple Diagonal Uniflow

1926

 

Sulzer (Winterthur)

Nyon - CH

GIESSBACH

 

 

Oscillating

 

 

 

Winterthur - CH

GOETHE

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Compound Diagonal

1913

Stephenson

Sachsenberg (Rosslau)

Cologne - D

BOHEMIA

 

 

 

1863

 

 

Munich - D

GERMANIA

 

 

 

1841

 

 

Munich - D

LIBUSSA

 

 

 

1870

 

 

Duisburg - D

KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

 

 

 

1880

 

 

Lauenburg - D

MARIE

 

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Stephenson

 

Berlin - D

LUITPOLD

 

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Compound Diagonal

 

 

 

Berlin - D

SCHMILKA

 

 

Oscillating

 

 

 

Storage - Dresden - D

JUNGER PIONIER

 

 

Oscillating

 

 

 

Storage - Dresden - D

DIESSEN

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Compound Diagonal

 

Stephenson

 

Hamburg - D

CECILIE

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Compound Diagonal

 

Stephenson

Sachsenberg (Rosslau)

Private collection - NL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tugs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORSOVA

 

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Oscillating

 

Stephenson

 

Vienna - A

VERTES

 

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Compound Diagonal

 

Joy

 

Budapest - H

RELIANT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doncaster - UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Steam Yacht "Firefly"

The 12-horse power compound engines and paddle wheels of this 72-feet long yacht are preserved and displayed in the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool (UK). Built for a wealthy aristocrat by W Roberts of Chester in 1900, the engines were removed when the yacht was converted to screw propulsion around 1920


Notes on vessels in the table above :


Caledonia
Although fire detroyed the hull of the former Clyde paddler beyond economic repair in 1980, the triple-expansion engines were salvaged and are now at the Hollycombe Steam Fair Park at Iron Hill, Liphook, Hampshire
Internet Link : Hollycombe Steam Collection

Compton Castle
Removed from the former River Dart paddler, now moored in the city centre of Truro, Cornwall, used latterly as a flower shop and tearoom, but currently out of use as conversion to a high-class restaurant has failed to materialise. The engines werel preserved at the Blackgang Chine Fantasy Park on the Isle of Wight but in 2015 were sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. They are to be exhibited at the preserved steam railway station at Dartmouth, where Compton Castle's earlier fleetmate Kingswear Castle is currently in service.


Empress
The oscillating engine of Cosens' 1879-built paddler were saved from destruction when the vessel was decomissioned in 1955 and is on display at Southampton's Maritime Museum. They were the last set of machinery of this type operating in a British steamer.
Leven
Displayed outside the Denny Tank, the world's first ship hull testing tank at the site of the foemer Wm Denny & Bros shipyard at Dumbarton, the site is now part of the Scottish Maritime Museum. The engine is of side-lever design and dates from 1823 and the first engine built by Robert Napier whose company rose to fame on Clydeside in the mid 1800s. The engine was transferred to the PS Queen of Beauty in 1844 and operated until 1877 when it was presented to the town of Dumbarton by the sons of Robert Napier. She has been alongside the Denny Tank since 1984.   SMM website : http://www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org/
Reliant
The port engine and paddle wheel of the paddle tug is now owned by the Markham Grange Steam Museum near Doncaster. The former Manchester Ship Canal tug, built in 1907, appeared to have been preserved for posterity when it was purchased by and displayed by the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich between 1973 and 1996. She was displayed inside, in the Neptune Hall but in increasingly cut-away form and eventually dismantled as the space was then used for othet exhibits.
Luzern's famous Transport Museum (Verkehrshaus) features the preserved engines of two of the nearby lake's old paddle steamers :

Pilatus
Two-cylinder diagonal steam engine (1895-1966) :  

Rigi 
Oscillating engine (1848-1952)  
Helvetie
The Musee du Leman has the original triple-diagonal steam engines of PS (now MPV) Helvetie dating from 1926 and removed in 1975. Website : Musee du Leman
Giessbach
The oscillating engines of the former Lake Brienz paddler have been rebuilt and are at the Vaporama steam museum at Thun Website :  Vaporama

Goethe
The engines removed from PS Goethe after her 2008 season ended in October of that year are due to be exhibited at the Kolnisches Stadtmuseum, on loan from Goethe's owners, the Koln-Dusseldorfer line.


Bohemia
The machinery of the River Elbe paddler Bohemia of 1863 is preserved at the Deutsches Museum
Germania (ex-Seraing)
Double arm side beam engine, built in 1841. for this Belgian-built Rhine paddle steamer which was scrapped in 1922
Photo on internet by Albert Gieseler 
Libussa
The machinery of the River Elbe paddler of 1870 is preserved at the maritime museum at Duisburg - Ruhrort
Kaiser Franz Josef
Engines and paddle wheels of the 1880 Elbe paddler are preserved at the Lauenburg museum.
Marie
Engines of the Ammersee paddler (1878-1908) are preserved at the Deutsches Technik Museum, Berlin

Luitpold
The engines are also in the Technical museum, Berlin and one of the ex-Chiemsee's paddles is in the Deutsches Museum in Munich

The local steamer operator in Dresden decided to scrap two of their paddlers which had been laid up for many years and whose hulls had deteriorated badly. They were scrapped at the slip of the Laubegast yard, but their oscillating engines were saved and are now in store. The ultimate aim is, at some future date, to build new hulls for the engines.

Schmilka
Junger Pionier

Diessen
Engines were removed when the Ammersee vessel was dieselised in 1975 and are owned by an organisation aiming to establish maritime museum in the southern Bavarian area : Website : Forderverein Sudbayerisches Schifffahrtsmuseum

Cecilie
Engines of the former Rhine paddler are now owned by Klemens Key, the renowned paddle steamer restorer

Orsova
The oscillating engines originally built in London in 1853 but subsequently modified and installed in the tug "Orsova" are preserved in the Vienna Technical Museum


Vertes : The engines and paddles of this Danube tug (1914-1963) are displayed outdoors in the grounds of the Transport Museum in Budapest.


OUTSIDE EUROPE


VICKSBURG, USA - CIVIL WAR PADDLE GU-BOAT ENGINE PRESERVED
The engine, one paddle wheel and the remains of the hull of USS Cairo, a civil war gunboat, is preserved at Vicksburg Military Park. The ironclad river gunboat was sunk ny an elecronically detonated torpedo seven miles north of Vicksburg in December 1862 - reputedly the first ship ever to suffer this fate. The ship was raised in 1964 and preservation efforts began. She was allocated to the US national Parks Service in 1972 and eventually arrived at Vicksburg in 1977


NEW ZEALAND - OLD ENGINES PUT TO NEW USE
In Queenstown, the engines of the former paddle steamer Antrim (built in 1868) continue to operate the Kinloch slipway which is still used by the screw steamship Earnslaw (coal fired, built in 1912) which appeared on Lake Wakitpu eight years after Antrim was laid up. Antrim was finally dismantled in 1920. A second historical paddle steamer on lake makitpu was Mountaineer (1879-1932, scrapped in 1941)


CHILE - DERELICT WRECK :
The remains of the walking beam engine of PS Olympian an 1883-built sidewheeler, wrecked on the south Atlantic coast of Chile still survives on the beach in a remote area. Built in the east of the USA she had already passed around Cape Horn when delivered for service out of Seattle. Soon she was moved to Portland and the Columbia River in Oregon but was not a success despite her opulence due to her draught and was laid up in 1890. It was decided to move her back to the east of the USA in 1906 but she foundered and was lost on the journey.
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23929449
Photo of Olympian in service : http://www.oldoregonphotos.com/sidewheeler-olympian-in-portland-harbor-c-1905.html



Perhaps the best visible illustration of the heart of the ship - the heart that makes a paddle steamer different from any other ship - can be found outside the Transport Museum at Budapest, Hungary, where the compound diagonal engines of the former Danube tug Vertes (ex-Tihany) are on display, complete with both paddle wheels. For more about paddle steamer engines and numerous illustrations, click here.    Thanks to Zsolt Szabo for the photo.


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