April 3, 2020

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Steam engine, cam ring & hammer shaft

Steam engine, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Steam engine, cam ring and hammer shaft

Latrobe, Benjamin Henry. “Steam engine, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Steam engine, cam ring and hammer shaft.” 1810 Augt. 10th. Medium: 1 drawing on paper : ink, watercolor, wash, and graphite. Summary: Engineering drawing showing the cog wheel connecting the fly wheel shaft of the engine with the main hammer shaft and the cam ring and cam of the main hammer shaft of a steam engine.

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