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(without typos) from the publisher. 1860. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... 427. William J. Stetson, Boston. Compensating Steering
Apparatus. A small working model, like the last, imperfectly
exhibiting a good principle for a good purpose. The lever or
fulcrum is at the side of the rudder, and near the wheel there is
an India rubber buffer, capable of being made more or less rigid or
compact by screws, or by the wheel itself when hard up or hard
down; thus easing the rudder and wheel from any sudden blow of the
sea. This apparatus deserves encouragement, and when illustrated by
a fullsized machine, will be entitled to a more prominent notice.
In the mean time, we award a Bronze Medal. 48. Francis N. Gove, New
York, by Daniel Milton, Boston. Ship Steering Geer, patented March
30, 1858. This machine works quickly, moving the rudder from hard
up to hard down, in three and a half turns of the wheel. It
operates on the rudder-head by short arms or levers, similar to
several others working in a slot, and giving more power as the
force recedes from the central position; the sudden shocks of the
sea are relieved by India rubber packings, which constitute its
most valuable characteristics. The machine exhibited wants a place
for a tiller, to use in case of accident to the gearing, which we
consider important in all steering machines. It is powerful, safe,
and simple, and, if the stock is good, will be durable and not very
expensive. Silver Medal. 525. Samuel Very, Jr. Maiden, Mass.
Steering Apparatus patented by D. H. Chamberlain, July, 1857. Very
similar to the last, No. 48, in power and principle, but it has no
India rubber packing to relieve the shocks to which all rudders and
wheels are liable. Bronze Medal. 54. Godsoe & Ayres,
Manchester, Mass. Steering Apparatus, patented 1859. It moves the
rudder from hard up to hard down by three turns o...
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