donkey engine


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donkey engine

[′dəŋ·kē ‚en·jən]
(mechanical engineering)
A small auxiliary engine which is usually portable or semiportable and powered by steam, compressed air, or other means, particularly one used to power a windlass to lift cargo on shipboard or to haul logs.
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One intrepid local,Griffith Pugh, tried to overcome this with his two donkey engines. Some of us then had electric light downstairs and candle light upstairs!
In this "ground-lead" process, logs were dragged over the ground to the yarding spot by a cable run out from the steam donkey engine. Later logging progressed to the "high-lead" stage, which required hanging block and tackle from a tall, delimbed "spar" tree so that logs could be yarded in aerially without hanging up on stumps and underbrush.
But he meets Andreyev on 4lb worse terms and, like last month's Prix de la Porte Maillot winner, Donkey Engine, his Group 3 penalty may prove too much.
But rather less auspicious was the running of fellow British raider Air Express, a well-beaten fourth of five to Donkey Engine in the Group 3 Prix de la Porte Maillot.
. First item is the donkey jacket - it is not, as I then thought, named after the animal it was made from, but was a council-issue coat given to the men of the Manchester Ship Canal who worked on the "Donkey Engines".