The bluff bows of the stern-wheeler had squelched into the soft brown mud, and the current had swept the boat alongside the bank.
The engine-room crew of a Mississippi steamer varies as the boat is a side-wheeler or a stern-wheeler.
His boat was a “stern-wheeler,” and is stated to have been capable of steaming five miles an hour.
The stern-wheeler has two engines, but they are both coupled to the same shaft, by a crank at each end.
Why the broken planter has taken passage on the little “stern-wheeler” is due to two distinct causes.
Up this crooked stream it was the problem to force the largest boat that had ever navigated it, and a stern-wheeler at that.
With our stern-wheeler we never felt that there was any danger, but our progress was exceedingly slow.
And if the outfit was gotten out of a wrecked Mississippi stern-wheeler, what boots it!
So there the matter rested when Robert Ingersoll was waiting for the stern-wheeler to reload.
Long, long did Julius lie awake in his berth in the tiny stateroom peculiar to the architecture of the "stern-wheeler."