the History and Causes of Steamboat Explosions, 1839

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the History and Causes of Steamboat Explosions, 1839

Post by Rick A » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:49 pm

Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, on the History and Causes of Steamboat Explosions, and ... 1839
by William Charles Redfield

https://archive.org/details/lettertosec ... explosions
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Re: the History and Causes of Steamboat Explosions, 1839

Post by fredrosse » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:46 pm

Interesting to read this document, especially to learn the prevailing steam pressures of the times, both "low pressure" steamboats, generating steam at around 5 - 10 PSIG, and "high pressure" steamers, generally popular on the USA western rivers, running in the vicinity of 50 PSIG.

However these "low pressure" boilers, often +/-10 feet in diameter, could cause immense damage when they ruptured.
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