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  • n. a large wheel fitted with thick slats, turned by an engine and used to propel a boat
  • n. the name for a boat propelled by a paddlewheel


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  • In the 1810s, soon after giant paddlewheel boats began carting passengers along the rivers that ran from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to St. Louis, Memphis, through the Mississippi Delta, and all the way down to New Orleans, white entertainers imitating black songs and dances became a common sight on the streets of major cities.

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  • It literally bored through the swarm, batting aside zikki like fish caught in a paddlewheel.

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  • From the wreck of the paddlewheel steamer, the Winfield Scott, which ran aground on the island in 1853, while making the San Francisco to Panama run with a load of gold prospectors and rats aboard.

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  • Getty Images June 15, 1904: The General Slocum, a paddlewheel passenger steamer, caught fire while carrying passengers to a church picnic on Long Island.

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  • Karkinnen is brilliant, cute as a button, and makes paddlewheel-boat whistle sounds during sex.

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  • We had a blast day and night, interspersing our gambling exploits with a paddlewheel cruise of Lake Tahoe on the M.S. Dixie and a walking tour of cowboy-town-turned-tourist-tease Virginia City.

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  • Meanwhile, a giant paddlewheel that rose all the way up to the sixth deck anchored the back of the vessel.


  • A small pilothouse stood aft, and a paddlewheel at the stern with a cowl on which crewmen were inclined to drape themselves in calm weather.


  • Because this City, which has given us Louis Armstrong and Paul Prudhomme, the paddlewheel steamboat, the Battle of New Orleans, and 25 percent of our nation's oil and gas; the worst of our past and the hope of our future, is giving us something else: an unexpected springtime.

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  • Joule determined the mechanical equivalent of heat by measuring change in temperature produced by the friction of a paddlewheel attached to a falling weight in the 1840s.



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