Paddle Steamer Celebrates 150 Anniversary

By Keith Henderson at August 30, 2011 17:25
Filed Under: General
It was the year of 1861 when the good ship Hjejlen was built by Baumgarten & Burmeister in Copenhagen, the predecessors of world famous Burmeister & Wain (B & W). The ship, a coal fired paddle steamer had the dimensions LOA 84 ft (25.7 m), beam 12.5 ft (3.8 m) and draft 5.6 ft (1.7 m). Hjejlen still has her original steam engine a twin cylinder single expansion engine producing 24 hp (18 kW) at 116 psi (8 Bar), propelling the ship up to 8 kn. The Hjejlen is now the world’s oldest paddle steamer and is still carrying passenger on the Silkeborg Lakes from May through September. [More]

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