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Steam Ship Model - SY Turbinia Object Reg. No: ST 028347

Turbinia was the first steam turbine powered vessel. The first public demonstration took place at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Naval Review at Portsmouth in 1897. The experimental vessel was built by Charles Parsons using three turbine engines each with its own shaft and propeller to achieve a top speed of over 30 knots. The turbine engine produced rotary motion by forcing steam through a series of progessively smaller blades on a central shaft. This design was also the forerunner of the principle used by jet engines. Parsons & Co. became the leading maker of steam turbine engines for warships and commercial vessels.

This sectioned model was purchased by the Museum in 1972.
Metal model of ship painted green and white with blue stripe and brown deck and mustard coloured funnel in centre. One side has been sectioned to show the engine room inside.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 345 mm (Height), 120 mm (Width), 1315 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: marine engineering, steamships, turbines, ship models, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: model screw steamers - experimental
Inscriptions: On side of model and at rear: TURBINIA
Manufacturer of Item Modelled: C.A. Parsons & Co, Australia, 1897

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