First rotor ship
Last updated: September 20, 2017 at 3:09 am
The Buckau (later renamed Baden Baden) was a ship designed by German engineer Anton Flettner in 1922. The vessel was propelled using the Magnus effect in which hollow rotating cylinders use a controlled airstream for propulsion. On May 9, 1926, the Baden Baden sailed into New York after crossing the Atlantic via South America. Flettner abandoned the rotor system when he discovered that it was less efficient than the steam engine. Unlike Jacques-Yves Cousteau‘s Turbosail which only moves for positioning, the sails on a rotor ship such as the Buckau continually spin and generate lift.
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