Rare 1926 Keystone stereo view of the experimental Flettner Rotor Ship, renamed the Baden Baden, anchored in New York harbor, after crossing the Atlantic from Germany on its maiden voyage under the its new name. The dock at the far right is on the lower end of Manhattan. In the distance is the Statue of Liberty and the smokestacks of Jersey City, New Jersey.
German engineer Anton Flettner was the first to build this ship, using vertical cylinders to tap the so-called "Magnus effect" for propulsion. Wikipedia gives an explanation of how this works.(It's too complicated for me, but you are welcome to take a shot!)
This vessel was constructed in Germany in 1924 using a refitted schooner. After being renamed the Baden Baden, the ship made a test trip to New York via South America, arriving in May 2006. However, the propulsion system was found to be less efficient than hoped, and the rotors were dismantled.
3-D EFFECT: Curved mounted card creates an exceptional 3-D effect through the stereo viewer.
PHOTO NOTE: Curved cards do not always scan or photo well. The actual albumen (sepia toned) photo images are much more clear, crisp and sharp, than they appear in these photos. The grainy texture is not present in the original photos. Any light scratches and small defects are accentuated by the photo process, and are usually all much less perceptible through the stereo viewer. Any bright spots and shiny areas are reflections from the camera flash, and do not appear on the actual stereo view images
CONDITION NOTE: This card and the curved mounted images are in very good condition. The faint brown cast to the sky is not soiling but is typical of the albumen (sepia-toned) photographic process. The back is in good shape, although but the lower right corner is lightly damaged (exaggerated in these photos).
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