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Steam engine balance and condenser of the French Naval steamship, Sphinx. Sphinx was a paddle steamer, initially rated as a corvette, of the French Navy, and lead ship of her class. She was the first operational French naval steamer. She took part in the Invasion of Algiers in 1830, pioneering the role of steamers in navies of the mid 19th century, and later took part in the transfer of the Luxor Obelisk from Egypt to Paris. Sphinx was built in Rochefort on plans by Jean-Baptiste Hubert around a low-pressure Newcomen steam engine purchased from Fawcett, in Liverpool. Indret then used this engine as its template for the locally-produced engines that powered the subsequent Sphinx-class avisos.
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