A Steamer on Wheels by James Walter Smith

In: The Strand Magazine Vol. 12, no. 70 (Oct. 1896), p. 552-558.

The Roller-boat was actually built and, as the contemporary news account explains, the spinning wheel/hull design does move through the water with much less resistance than a conventional hull. As one might deduce from looking at the pictures, however, the ship required an extraordinary amount of maintenance and had only a small fraction of the cargo capacity of a conventional ship. As for its stability in rough seas, we have no data.

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