Friday, March 16, 2007

U.S.S. Monitor Center - museum review (further)

An interesting simple page with illustrations of the rival "Steam Screw Propeller" patents, by Smith in Great Britain, and Ericsson in the US, is at: On land there are two propellers that I know of on exhibit in the New York City vicinity. One is from a "P2" a WWII class troop carrier, a brass propeller, almost two stories high at the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy at the end of Steamboat Road in Kings Point, NY outside the museum there. My grand-dad served on one, the USS Buckner. He said they had been previously one size, cut in half and made larger to accompany a complete infantry unit. On exhibit also, anonymously stolen and returned after several decades over war veterans treatment, is the plain white samurai sword surrendered by the Emperor of Japan at the end of World War II. Another large brass propeller is on exhibit across the Long Island Sound from Kings Point, outside of historic Fort Schuyler, home of the State University of New York Maritime College. It is one of four from "The SS United States (also known as "The Big U") is an ocean liner built in 1952 for the United States Lines. She is the largest ocean liner built to date in the United States and is still the fastest liner ever built." - Wikipedia

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