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US Patent: 1,690X
Steamboat propelled by poles
Mellen Battle - Albany, NY

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propulsion and energy : steam apparatus : steamboats
propulsion and energy : steam apparatus : rotary steam engines


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J. C. Cole
Abraham Sickle

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Granted: Mar. 27, 1812

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"Vintage Machinery" entry for Mellen Battle
This patent's specification was recovered, or restored, after the 1836 fire at the Patent Office, but the drawing was lost.

The 1877 book by M. M. Bagg, The Pioneers of Utica, describes this invention. "(Mellen) Battle deserves to be remembered as the man who built the only steamboat that has ever traversed the Mohawk above the falls at Cohoes... Mellen Battle was building a steamboat for the Mohawk, designed to ply between between Schenectady and Little Falls. It was quite peculiar in construction, the steam being used not for the working of paddles, but to put in motion poles that were to reach the bottom of the river and push the boat onward. These poles, of which there were two on a side, were jointed to the upper extremity of upright beams, and were made by means of cranks to rise alternately out of the water, and to set themselves again on the bottom. The boat was a failure, and never made more than a single trip..."

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