Stern wheel

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a paddle wheel attached to the stern of the steamboat which it propels.

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With her red stern wheel churning the mighty Mississippi and her flag flying high in the balmy blue sky, the Delta Queen is the quintessential American river ship.
The Majestic America Line fleet consists of the incomparable American Queen, recognized as the world's largest stern wheel cruise ship; the elegant Empress of the North, the first sternwheeler to cruise Alaska's Inside Passage in more than 100 years; the beautiful Queen of the West; the famous Mississippi Queen, which features the world's largest calliope; the quintessential Delta Queen, a National Historic Landmark; and the Executive Explorer, a deluxe, small cruise ship capable of visiting scenic areas and quaint communities beyond the reach of larger ships.