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A steamboat with paddle wheels on either side.
- ‘Before it closed in 1996, 513 ships were built here, from the side-wheeler USS Saginaw to the nuclear submarine USS Drum.’
- ‘The first three Union gunboats on the Mississippi were converted side-wheelers, averaging 180 feet in length, with 42-foot beams, and drawing about 6 feet of water.’
- ‘Arguably the sleekest of the blockade runners making the dangerous trips between Havana and Mobile was the side-wheeler Denbigh, built in the shipyards of John Laird & Sons of Birkenhead, near Liverpool, England, in 1860.’
- ‘Many of them were small side-wheelers about seventy-five feet long with one boiler and one small, slide-valve engine geared to the stiff shaft running across decks to which both wheels were attached.’
- ‘The first steamboats on the rivers were side- wheelers; but they were not the best for the business of these shallow rivers, and the later ones have been stern-wheelers.’
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