The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 27, 1845

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In our Monday's issue, we noticed the practical adaptation of Mr. Baird's newly invented sweeping paddle to the Rival steamboat and since then we have been put in possession of an extract of a letter written by Lieut. Harper R.N. commanding her Majesty's Steamer Experiment, now stationed at Penetanguishene, Lake Huron, in which that gallant officer says: - "On the second trial with Mr. Baird's paddle we have thus gained half an hour on 18 miles, since the first trip on the 12th May, which was done in 2 hours 15 minutes - the last in 1 hour 45 minutes - diameter of waterwheel 2 feet 15 inches (sic), angle of lower edge of paddle board 308, upper edge 238, paddles 2 feet 6 inches by 2 feet 2 inches."

The result would appear to put the practical utility of Mr. Baird's invention beyond all doubt, and by the above details which, of course, may be implicitly relied upon, it will be seen that the speed of the ship is, by the application of the sweeping paddles, increased upwards of 20 per cent. To accomplish 18 miles with the old paddles having occupied two hours and twenty five minutes, while, with the new, the same distance was done in one hour and forty-five minutes.

We understand, that Captain Fowell, commanding on the Lakes, lately left Kingston on a tour of inspection, and that he intends directing his attention, by personal observation, to the merits of the sweeping paddle - we hope to be furnished with the results, when we shall have much pleasure in laying them before the public.

From the results of the present experiments it would appear that the principal advantages to be anticipated from the general adoption of Mr. Baird's invention, are -1st, a considerable saving in the fuel required - 2nd, a very important increase in the speed of the boats to which it is applied - and 3rd, the getting rid of the disagreeable tremulous motion, which is imparted to the vessel from the mode in which the paddles now in use strike the water. If we are rightly informed - and we hope we are so - it is now in contemplation to adopt the sweeping paddles in one of the Quebec Mail Steamers. [Montreal Herald]

p.3 Folly - The business of steam boat proprietors this season, owing to a spirit of conciliation among themselves, has hitherto been prosperous beyond precedent; but this happy state of things is likely to undergo a disastrous change. Capt. Richardson, from some motive unknown to us, has withdrawn his Queen from the Niagara and Hamilton route, and put her on that of the Toronto and Hamilton, in opposition to the Eclipse, now doing a most excellent business. This of course is but the beginning of warfare - where it will end, is more than a horse can tell, and he has a longer head than we have. In the meanwhile the American steam proprietors, ever on the look out for an opening, are now taking active measures to put on one of their idle vessels, either the Express or Telegraph, to take the place of the Queen on the vacant route between Niagara (Youngstown) and Hamilton. Thus we fritter away our own business and let strangers monopolize it.

Pleasure Excursion to Sackett's Harbor from Belleville on steamer Prince of Wales, Capt. Chrysler, with schedule details.

Pleasure Excursion to French Creek - "the proceeds of which are intended to aid the funds of the Ladies' Dorcas Society in connection with the Wesleyan Methodist Church;" on steamer Prince Edward, Capt. Bonter; ticket prices, details.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 27, 1845