The Steam Powered Shovel - Steam Culture

Find out how Steam and the Panama Canal are related! Today on Steam Culture, Brent talks about the Steam Powered Shovel and how it revolutionized how excavation and mining was done.

William Otis saw potential in steam powered machines and decided to channel his ingenuity toward a 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.

Key Terms:
Steam Shovel
Steam Boiler
High Pressure Steam Piston
McAlpine Locks and Dam
Panama Canal

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