I have not received any information from anyone about the paddle wheeler. Surely someone here must have information on this type of vessel?
These vessels were capable of carrying sails. The mainmast carried sails on the yard arms of which there were two on the model though only one is visible. The main or forward mast also had a gaff rigged large sheet.
The aft mast or Mizzen carried a sheet also gaff rigged.
A friend said “ it reminds me of Fulton's "Claremont" with the stack aft of the wheel and a spar on the foremast, but Claremont didn't have the bridge deck that the model has. I wonder if the model may have been built as a "class" rather than of a specific ship. The model should be easy to electrify. I'd be tempted to explore operating both wheels independent of each other. Better maneuvering, and as a bonus a redundant system.”
Anyone else with sources they wish to share?
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