One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large steam-driven wheel with boards round its circumference, situated at the stern or side of a ship so as to propel the ship through the water by its rotation.
- ‘The front wheel doubles as a paddle wheel and has no hub but instead tracks along its rim.’
- ‘The first steam warships were propelled by paddle wheels, which proved too vulnerable in battle.’
- ‘Within easy striking distance of the west end of the island are two wrecked steamers, the 1904 Michel Say and the Ville De Grasse of 1870, with its paddle wheel still intact.’
- ‘Swimming in place against the steady flow created by the paddle wheel is as natural as doing laps in a pool.’
- ‘In 1835 the Jardine, another steam vessel, sailed from Scotland to China with her engine and paddle wheels stowed below decks.’
- ‘The ferry was two stories tall and had large paddle wheels perched on each side.’
- ‘With a paddle wheel on each side of the ship, it was found far more convenient in terms of visibility to command the ship from a bridge across the driving machinery between the two wheels.’
- ‘In 1845, the British Admiralty sponsored a demonstration to determine which was superior, the paddle wheel or screw propeller; the latter clearly won.’
- ‘Leaning sideways, she observed the enormous sea-green paddle wheel churning up the river behind the ferry and propelling the Varuna forward.’
- ‘On each side of the hull, a platform of deck extended out forward and aft of the paddle wheels.’
- ‘The Demologos was an unseaworthy twin-hulled floating battery with her paddle wheels carried internally, designed to protect New York harbour.’
- ‘The wreck isn't that big and working your way carefully along the gunwhale it's not long before you reach the remains of the port side paddle wheel.’
- ‘The port-side paddle wheel was taller than I was.’
- ‘The first instance of steam adapted to propel ships dates to the late eighteenth century in France, where small boats with side-mounted paddle wheels were tested on rivers.’
- ‘In its rigging, sails, banners, planks, and deeply curved outline, the ship most resembles a seagoing Chinese junk, with the addition of paddle wheel and funnel.’
- ‘During the nineteenth century, as steam engines got smaller, more powerful, and more fuel-efficient, they began to be installed in ships, initially driving paddle wheels, and later the more efficient screw propeller.’
- ‘By contrast, paddle wheelers lose nothing by being big, and it's easy to link the paddle wheel to the cage wheel amidships.’
- ‘Mostly buried in sand at a depth of 15m, the intact paddle wheel makes her perhaps the most photogenic wreck in Bermuda's waters.’
- ‘But steamships were improving as the screw propeller replaced the paddle wheel and iron replaced wood.’
- ‘The crank shaft turned the paddle shaft, which ultimately turned the paddle wheel.’
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