March 29th 2019
Brian Jackson presented his illustrated talk on "The History and Development of the Paddle Steamer Engine and Associated Equipment”
This was a cruise through 200 years of maritime history, enlivened with Brian's ready wit and acerbic asides. The paddle steamers, once a familiar sight along the south coast were the first mechanically propelled vessels, The first engines and boilers were simple with many problems but improvements took place and by the 1930s the diesel electric paddle steamer had arrived. However, it never had the attraction of the steam engine with its polished brass work, the smell of hot oil and clouds of steam on view to the public. Time took its toll and today ‘Waverley’ is the only sea-going example remaining.
We had a most entertaining evening and departed with deeper insights into the mysteries of triple-expansion steam drives and paddle-wheel designs.