The paddlewheel on the shore side then came in contact with the upright timbers of the forward cradle.
Fears were entertained that it might foul the paddlewheel, and the captain determined to cut it away.
In about twenty minutes time, the paddlewheel was got clear of the cradle, and this great difficulty was overcome.
A boiler was made out of a tin can with a metal tube to throw the steam against a paddlewheel.
As the capstan was turned and the paddlewheel revolved, the boat was thus lifted and pushed forward.
A log had got caught in the paddlewheel of the ferry-boat and wrecked it, and there was no other way of crossing.