Scientific American Volume 6

Scientific American Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... of new inventions, especially an improved boiler on the principal of artificial draft, for the building of which he subsequently associated himself with Mr. John Braithwaite. While thus engaged, in 1829, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company offered a prize for the best locomotive engine, to be tested on the small portion of the railway then completed.--Ericsson, not willing to allow this occasion to escape him, immediately set to work, planned the'engine, executed the working drawings, and caused the patterns to be made, and the whole machine was 'completed within seven weeks. The day of trial arrived. Three engines entered the lists for the prize, namely, the Rocket, by George Stephenson; the Novelty, by Ericsson, and the Sanspareil, by Timothy Hackworth.--This was the most important railway trial that ever took place. The Novelty was furnished with a bellows draft and winding flue boiler. With its tank it weighed only 3 tuns 17 cwt.. while the Rocket weighed, with tank, 7 tun. 9 cwt. Tho latter was the only ngino Which fulfilled the conditions required, but the London Examiner of Oct. 6, 1829, describing the trial, stated that the Novelty attracted universal admiration on account of its beauty and the work which such a small engine performed. It darted along at the rate of 30 miles per hour, and it drew a load of 28.5 tuns--its own weight included--at an average speed of 8 miles per hour. The greatest improvement ever applied to steamships of war is due, we understand, to Capt. Ericsson--we mean the screw propeller and the arranging of all the machinery under the water line. The screw is an old device, hut it had been laid aside as an entire failure, until he resuscitated it and proved its utility on a small boat on the river Thames, more

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