Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

The Sabine Pass Beacon

Posted in Technology by Andy Hall on July 27, 2012

The newest issue of the Sabine Pass Beacon is available for download here. This issue includes a great story on the research and artifact conservation of one of the Federal gunboat U.S.S. Clifton‘s most distinctive features, the “walking beam” of its steam engine.


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  1. Mac Whatley said, on July 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I never knew of this battle or this ship, but I’m glad the walking beam is preserved and conserved! Has there been archeological survey work done on the rest of the Clifton?

  2. Mac Whatley said, on July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    The link in the newsletter to the walking beam model at the Naval Academy is OK, but it’s hard to see the model through the plexiglas case.
    Here’s a really cool working walking beam in a 19-foot boat:

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