The Transition from Paddle-Wheel to Screw Propeller

By G. S. Graham, published February 1958


Compared with other nations, the eighteenth century Royal Navy was markedly slower in adopting new propulsion technology, initially resisting steam in favour of sail and later the screw propeller over the paddlewheel. This paper explores the battle between scientific innovation and practical application during this period and explores the reasons, both political and military, behind this pedestrian approach to modernisation.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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