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Old 12-17-2020, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default Do I have a Short Brothers seaplane prop?

Hello,
My great uncle lived in Rochester, Kent, England and a very long time ago acquired a wooden propeller, or at least half of it. He told me (when he was still alive) that it was from an early seaplane. However, I am really struggling to identify it, using anything I can glean from the internet.

I have attached pictures.

I would appreciate any help or insight that you may have,

Thank you,
Peter
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Old 12-17-2020, 09:22 PM   #2
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Not much to go on, and I can't read the manufacturer from the decals and the only numbers I can discern are "4211" and " . . . 20R ".
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Old 12-18-2020, 11:21 AM   #3
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The decal and the stamping, although partly obscure, both appear to indicate Short Brothers as the origin. Very difficult even to speculate as to the aircraft type, unless there are some more markings on the hub that you havenít shown us.
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Old 12-20-2020, 03:56 AM   #4
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Other points of interest that might narrow down the possibilities are the fact that the propeller is Left handed which, although not conclusive, might suggest a pusher configuration.
Also, the ten bolt holes narrow down the possibilities as to which engine that this was fitted to. It might be possible to narrow this down further if you could provide the following dimensions:
-Hub thickness
-Bolt hole size
-Bolt circle diameter (distance between centres of opposite bolt holes)
-Centre bore diameter
-Engine hub diameter (i.e. diameter of the circular witness mark visible on the propeller hub).
- Length of blade and distance between centre of hub and stub where blade has been cut. This may help to determine the propeller diameter.

At the moment, my suspicions tend towards one of the Felixstowe series of flying boats, built by Short Brothers. This photo shows an example with left handed propellers with blades of a very similar profile to yours (albeit four bladed):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped..._Kalafrana.jpg

Rgds

Andy

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Old 12-21-2020, 07:27 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for your help so far.

A few more details:
- the hub thickness is 164mm
- bolt holes are 13mm dia
- distance across (between centres of bolt holes) is 214mm
- centre bore diameter is 57mm
- engine hub dia is 237mm
- length of blade. 1350 visible, 70mm embedded and block width is 430mm. Therefore minimum total prop diameter length is 2840 (1420 * 2) + 430 = 3170mm

Thank you again for all your help so far. I hope these details help.
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Old 12-22-2020, 03:41 AM   #6
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OK, none of this is definitive but the Short type 320 appears to fit the bill: left hand propeller, Sunbeam Mohawk engine with 10-bolt hub.
https://images.app.goo.gl/6KCL7mFqy2ApG4Pt6
Another possibility is the Short N.2B with Sunbeam Maori engine:
https://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contr...Fred/8230L.jpg

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Old 12-22-2020, 09:27 AM   #7
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Those left hand tractors seem to be mostly a British thing, even around WW1.

Most of the modern aircraft using wooden props were also left hand tractors.

How about this beauty?

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Old 12-23-2020, 12:22 PM   #8
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Another possibility is the Shorts type 184:
https://images.app.goo.gl/QAd7Fk3rCf8KYYKu5
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Old 12-24-2020, 03:55 AM   #9
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Thank you very much for all this help.

Looking at the propeller, the Shorts 184 looks like the best match - although the N28 also looks very similar.

Any advice on how rare this propeller is? Are there likely to be many surviving examples? Bearing in mind it has been cut in half and mounted (as an umbrella stand!), is it still valuable?

Thanks again,
Peter
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Old 12-24-2020, 02:37 PM   #10
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Unfortunately, there isn't much of a market for propeller pieces, and there are quite a few of them around.
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