So Many Paddlewheels – So Little Time!

Author(s): Robyn P Woodward; John C Pollack

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Maritime Transportation, History, and War in the 19th-Century Americas" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

The 1896 Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory of Canada precipitated an unprecedented surge of shipbuilding along the West Coast of North America. Within two years there were 130 boats in operation in the region and over the next 50 years, an additional 130 riverboats were put in service along the river and its tributaries. What started as a three-day assessment of the paddle wheel salvaged in 1974 from the Casca III turned into an opportunity to undertake a comparative study of an additional five extant paddlewheels and paddlewheel shafts in and around Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. This paper will outline the evolution of paddlewheel design and construction on Yukon River stern-wheel steam boats between 1898-1936. 

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So Many Paddlewheels – So Little Time!. Robyn P Woodward, John C Pollack. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449060)


paddle-wheelers river-boats steam-ships

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min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 139