Trevithick Dredger Engine. The Dredger
I have no intention of modelling the dredger, but in making decisions about the engine base have gone back to the sources to find out about the gun ships. These are referred to as “gun brig”, “bomb-ship”, “hulk of a dismasted ship”, in letters by Trevithick and others.
The first three of these dredgers were recorded by Trevithick as being 80, 120 tons and 300 tons.
And this is the diagram of a cross section of a bomb-vessel from a century before Trevithick. It is mounting a 13″ bore mortar. Note the massive supporting beams. You can see why Trevithick chose this type of vessel to mount his steam engine and dredging machinery.