- Nov 23, 2018
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You are saying that there are original drawings somewhere? I thot they were destroyed or bug eaten or something.The original Monitor drawings apparently show more than one engine configuration?, with one configuration having vertical cylinders (if I am looking at that drawing correctly).
I guess it is understandable that steam engine design of the era was in a state of flux, and there was no concensus about exactly what the best engine design/layout was.
Some of the Monitor's dimensions were driven by the very low profile of the Monitor hull, and the need to keep the engine below the deck of the boat.
The quality of the original Monitor drawings is much better than the quality of the original Mississippi gunboat drawings by Charles Copeland.
I would guess that Rich Carlsedt has compared the original Monitor engine drawings to the actual recovered Monitor engine, and he would have a better idea on the actual "as-built" design of the Monitor engine.