Turbo Wheel Liners to Speed Across Seas (Jun, 1934)
Turbo Wheel Liners to Speed Across Seas
AVIATION’S rapid strides are revolutionizing all other modes of transportation. Railroads are meeting the demand for greater speed with streamlined trains. Automobiles are following the most modern trends in streamlining.
On the seas, however, even a streamlined ship will not be able to meet the competition of regular airplane schedules touching airports anchored in the ocean. Resistance from wind is great, but the sea itself slows down an ocean liner much more.
To overcome this an inventor has conceived the Turbo Wheel liner, which is expected to reach a speed of 100 miles an hour. At this speed the rapidly revolving wheels of the liner will lift the hull out of the water. The ship will ride on the outer rim of the wheels only.
A lifting tail of airplane type holds the hull parallel to the line of travel. Normal airplane rudder and tail flaps control steering at high speeds.
At low speeds a revolving tail float is lowered to support the rear end of the hull and’ provide steering. Powerful Diesel type engines slung low within the rotor wheels drive each wheel independently through gearing. The Turbo Liners are expected to be capable of a speed of 100 miles per hour.