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Denbigh Artifacts

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A side view.  The scale is 30cm (1 foot) long.
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An end-on view of the section of wheel frame.
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Diagram showing (in red) the original location of the piece.

In October 1998 the Denbigh Project team recovered two artifacts from the wreck site.  The first, above, is part of the iron sidewheel sidewheel frame, including the circular socket which holds the pin on which the paddles, or "floats," pivot as the wheel goes around.
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Superheater tube.
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Superheater tube, end-on view.
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A Parson's superheater, believed to be similar to that installed aboard
Denbigh.   From The Engineer, June 1862.

The second artifact is a broken piece of tubing from what the investigators believe is the ship's superheater, a device that adds additional heat to the steam in the boiler, making more efficient use of the fuel consumed.  Superheating equipment was just becoming commonplace in 1860, and Denbigh was probably one of relatively few coastal steamers so outfitted.

Both the artifacts are currently undergoing analyses for their composition and structure.


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"An Extremely Fast Boat" | The "Mobile Packet" | A "Bold Rascal" | Denbigh Today
Denbigh's Crew | The Erlanger Loan | Birkenhead-Built: An Unrivaled Legacy
Denbigh Primary Source Documents | Galveston During the Civil War | Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
The U.S. Coast Survey and the Blockade, 1861 | The Ship's Library: Recommended Reading
Running the Blockade Into Galveston: A Personal Narrative | Denbigh Day-by-Day
Denbigh Portrait | Official Number 28,647 | Valve Chest Animation (300kb) | Investors
Links of Interest | Denbigh F.A.Q. | Denbigh's Engines | Denbigh's Boiler
Feathering Sidewheel


April 27-28 Side Scan Survey | May 7-10 Site Mapping
June 16-17 Sub-Bottom Profiling | Site Mapping, July 9-12, 1998 | Dive Trip, October 18-30, 1998
Underwater Images | 1999 Summer Field Season | Denbigh Site Plan
Jerry Williams Speaking Tour | Denbigh Project Benefit Dinner |
Denbigh Artifacts | 2000 Field Crew | 2000 Field Crew Photo Album |
The Denbigh Wreck Site: A Quicktime VR Panaorama
Connecting Rod Recovery, July 22-24, 2000 | Modeling a Shipwreck
Credits & Thank-Yous

J. Barto Arnold et al. 1998-2000, The Denbigh Project, World Wide Web,
Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University, E-mail: (  
Sunday, July 16, 2000 Revision.

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