Live Oak, Confederate Fort
Staemboat machinery recovered from the Suwanee River. This represents one of two paddle wheel mechanisms for a potentially large steamboat. The wooden paddle wheel arms and buckets (paddles) are no longer present. This shaft would have been powered by a single-piston steam engine and an identical mechanism on the other side of the boat would have been powered by a separate engine.
At the time of the Civil War, steam boats were still an extremely important mode of transportation on the Suwannee and other rivers of Florida.
(Photo by William Lees, FPAN, March 2008)
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