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American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the USLSS and Uscg$
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William D. Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033341

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033341.001.0001

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The Modern Age Begins

The Modern Age Begins

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American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the USLSS and Uscg

William D. Wilkinson

University Press of Florida

By the end of the nineteenth century, the introduction of internal combustion gasoline engines improved land transportation, particularly in terms of durability, power capacity, efficiency, and reliability. By 1899, gasoline engines were increasingly in wide use on small fishing boats and pleasure crafts. The USLSS took note of this advance as it attempted to create alternate propulsion forms for its larger lifeboats so that transit time to the rescue scene could be reduced, and their response range increased. Foreign lifeboat services have attempted to test various forms of mechanical power such as steam propulsion for lifeboats. The modern era of motor surfboats and lifeboats initiated in September 1899 in Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan, as Lieutenant McLellan expressed interest in using internal combustion engines.

Keywords:   internal combustion, gasoline engines, Lieutenant McLellan, modern era, Lake Superior, steam propulsion

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