anm document

"Rapport au sujet des expériences faites
avec les appareils de la Société du
Propulseur Universel Amovible appliqué a la
navigation fluviale" (Kayes, August 31, 1905)
in ANM K 12 fonds anciens

© 1999 by Jim Jones, Ph.D.

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The railroad administration tested 6-hp outboard motors on a variety of loaded barges in the Senegal and Niger Rivers, but found that they were extremely difficult to keep running smoothly when using gasoline and impossible to do so with diesel, even if the carburetor was heated separately. There were also problems with the batteries due to corrosion and high air temperatures. The report concluded that the machines were too delicate for African mechanics to maintain.