p.1 Erickson's Steam Propellers - The Buffalo Com. Adv. says:
Our shippers have at length determined to give the steam propellers a trial in the lake trade. A line of three of these vessels was started from Oswego last Spring to run through the Welland Canal to Chicago, but they were of such confined dimensions, and ill adapted in general arrangement as to give but faint promise of usefulness. Enough however, was developed to sanction the scheme and recommend it for further trial. This we are pleased to learn is about to be given it. Messrs. Hollister of this city, together with their Perrysburg friends, are now building two vessels of such dimensions as will at once test the efficacy of the Erickson propeller. One is now building here, and the other at the above place; both to be of 250 tons, and to have machinery of such power as will answer in any emergency. The cost of each propeller will probably be less than $20,000, and it is expected to have them ready immediately after the opening of the spring navigation. We learn also, that a Cleveland house is now building a like vessel, of equal tonnage to those just named, and to be placed under the command of Capt. Howe, late of the Chesapeake. The one building here is, we believe, intended for Capt. Floyd, late of the Sandusky.
Sealed Tenders will be received at the Commissariat Office, Montreal, until noon on Monday the 6th day of Feb'y, 1843, for the performance of such Transport by Steam Boat & Barge, via the Ottawa and Rideau Rivers, as may be required by Her Majesty's Service, between Montreal and Kingston, and intermediate places, during the navigable season of 1843.
The Conditions of Contract, the form of Tender, and any further information which may be required, can be obtained on application at the Commissariat Office, at Montreal or Kingston.
The Tenders to state the rates in Currency, and to contain the real signatures of two responsible persons as sureties, for the due fulfillment of the Contract.
All Tolls & Lock dues to be paid by the Contractor.
Commissariat, Montreal. 20th January, 1843.