Find out how Steam and the Panama Canal are related!
On this episode of Steam Culture, Brent talks about the Steam Powered Shovel and how it revolutionized how excavation and mining was done, especially during the construction of the Panama Canal!
William Otis saw potential in steam-powered machines and decided to channel his ingenuity toward an excavator powered by steam. Using a steam boiler, some pistons, and some gears he created a fantastic machine capable of lifting incredible amounts of dirt and rocks.
Watch how the Steam Shovel works and how it was used.