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Model made by de Jouffroy in 1784 to show the French Science Academy the engine and paddle wheels used on the Pyroscaphe. The model is now in the National Maritime Museum in Paris.[1]

Pyroscaphe was an early experimental steamship built by Marquis de Jouffroy d'Abbans in 1783. The first demonstration took place on 15 July 1783 on the river Saône in France. It was not really successful, since the machinery of the ship failed after fifteen minutes of work.

The Pyroscaphe was propelled by a double-acting steam machine and sidewheels, and was therefore a paddle steamer.


(These figures are somewhat dubious, see Talk:Pyroscaphe.)

  • Length: 45,2 m/148 ft 6 in
  • Beam: 4,5 m/14 ft 10 in
  • Displacement: 163t
  • Complement: 3


  1. ^ Musée national de la Marine: Pyroscaphe. Bateau à vapeur Retrieved 2012-07-29