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A. G. and A. T. Sterling's 1874 life-boat patent model

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A. G. and A. T. Sterling's 1874 life-boat patent model
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2006-9718

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Technology
Marine Patent Models — Complete Catalog: 1870-1875

Technology
Marine Patent Models — Introduction

Technology
Marine Patent Models — Who's Inventing?

Technology
Marine Patent Models — Life boats and rafts


Life boat patent model
Catalog #: 325,947, Accession #: 249,602
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
Alpheus G. and Abram T. Sterling, fishermen from Peaks Island near Portland, Maine, designed this boat to partially flood when launched. Water admitted into one chamber in its hull helped the boat resist capsizing while air sealed inside rubber fenders and in a second interior chamber preserved buoyancy.
Physical Description

This wood boat model has rubber fenders, now much decayed, and numerous oars. It measures 20" L x 7" W x 4" D.

Details
Date Made:
1874
Locations:
Maine
Note:
Peaks Island
Credit:
Transfer from the U.S. Patent Office
History

Ref:

A. G. and A. T. Sterling, Life-Boat, U.S. patent no. 149,891, Dec. 12, 1874.

1880 United States Census, NARA film no. T9-0478, 2C.


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