- a boat propelled by a paddle wheel at the stern.
Origin of sternwheeler
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The engine-room crew of a Mississippi steamer varies as the boat is a side-wheeler or a stern-wheeler.
The stern-wheeler has two engines, but they are both coupled to the same shaft, by a crank at each end.
Up this crooked stream it was the problem to force the largest boat that had ever navigated it, and a stern-wheeler at that.
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.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7
- a vessel, esp a riverboat, propelled by a large paddle wheel at the sternCompare sidewheeler