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donkey engine


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A small auxiliary engine with its own small boiler employed during the early days of steam propulsion aboard ship. It was used for furnishing power for a variety of smaller mechanical duties in harbour for which it would be uneconomic to produce steam from the main boilers. It was accommodated on deck in what was appropriately called a donkey-house.

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