Further reduction of air resistance was achieved by
the skirting of aluminium sheets from the running
board downwards at the front. Concealed behind
the contour of the cowling, closed by a panel rotating
on fixed pivots, are the coupler, brake and signal hose
connection. The first can be swung back when not in
use, while the others are dropped into place behind.
By removing a few bolts the long panels of each skirt
can be completely detached, and doors are provided
in the skirting itself for lubrication.
The smoke lifting device presents particularly interest
ing features. The cowling on the top of the boiler
smoke box enclosed a space of considerable size behind
the smoke stack and on either side of it. This was
closed at the top by a horizontal plane, flush with the
top of the stack, and extending a little beyond the
cowling at the front and sides.
Below, rising back slightly to blend with the contour
of the cab roof, was placed another plane. The space
181 between each of these planes and the underside of the
A close-up view of the ferry boat, taken from the quay.