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18" x 24"
oil on canvas
In this age of hybrid technologies, I am always surprised to hear people say they had no idea that steam powered paddle boats, for a few decades, also used sails. Sail power was still widely used during the advent of steam power mainly because a ship would be required to carry a lot of fuel to burn if it wished to remain under steam power which was still rather inefficient. Plus, few if any sails could be used during steam power because of damage to the sails from the hot, spark-laden exhaust that would emanate from the smoke stack. This painting depicts the paddle steamer, "Great Western" on its historic crossing of the Atalantic in 1838. Four of the seven passengers the ship carried repeatedly reported seeing "..a serpent of fantastic size which seemed to follow the Great Western for two days.."
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