Patent Model - Improved Towing Apparatus for Canal-Boats

Maker and role
Stephen Palmer, Patentee
Production date
Apr 26 1853
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Wood, metal
Measurements
2 x 10 1/2 x 2 1/2" (5.1 x 26.7 x 6.4cm)
Description
Palmer's patent "consists in arranging a drum or wheel with a winding-spring upon its axle, placed in rear of the usual position of the towing-post, the perimeter of the wheel being grooved so as to admit of the tow-line being wound upon it with a brake operated by a lever, the object being to facilitate the taking in and letting out of the line and of slacking the line in passing boats, and also to assist the team in starting by causing the boat to move moderately forward as the line unwinds by the forward movement of the team." (Patent Number 9,687)
Object number
2015.14.118
Currently on display?
No

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