Novelty (ship)

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Ship data
flag United KingdomUnited Kingdom (trade flag) United Kingdom
Ship type Cargo ship
Commissioning 1837
Machine system
machine Steam engine
10 HP (7 kW)
9 kn (17 km / h)
propeller 2 ∅ 0.76 m

The Novelty was the first propeller-driven merchant ship.


In the winter of 1837 the Novelty was put into service in England. It was driven by a 10 PSi steam engine . The ship served the two ports of Manchester and London on a regular liner service. With the two counter-rotating Ericsson - propellers of 0.76 meters in diameter, it achieved a speed of 8-9 knots.


  • Brennecke, Jochen: History of shipping . Sigloch Edition, Künzelsau 1981, ISBN 3-8003-0169-5 , p. 263/264 .
  • Gutsche, Fritz: The development of the ship's propeller . In: Technology history: Contributions to the history of technology and industry . Vol. 26, 1937, pp. 39/40 .

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