The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1851

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p.2 Brockville Regatta - dispute over measurements of yacht Tempest.

Newly Invented Wheel for Steam Ships.

Capt. Geo. S. Weeks, the Oswego ship builder, has invented a new wheel for propelling vessels, and has taken the necessary preliminary steps to secure a patent right for the same. This wheel is believed to be an important improvement, which will supercede the wheels now in use. It has been introduced into the steam tow boat Howard, now employed in towing vessels in our harbor, and works admirably. A much higher degree of power and speed are attained, without the slightest jar from the wheel.

It is difficult to convey an intelligent idea of the construction of the wheel, which can be seen in operation on the Howard. The buckets cross each other at an angle of about 45 degrees, and are slightly curved or twisted so as to enter and leave the water perfectly easy, and without the jar produced by the ordinary wheel. By this form of construction, a much greater strength is obtained for the wheel, and is also much better adapted to the variations in the draft of sea-going vessels. The prominent and manifest advantages of this wheel over those now in use, are the attainment of greater speed, and the entire relief of the vessel from the motion or jar, which more or less attends vessels propelled by steam.

More particular information relative to the construction may be had by addressing Geo. S. Weeks, Esq., Oswego. [Oswego Times]

Lord Elgin - The steamer of this name met with some accident to her machinery in going down the river on Friday morning, and in all probability will haul off the Mail River Line for repairs.


11th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Barque America, Clayton, 2 bales oakum, G. Whittier.

Schr. Governor, Cleveland, 12 grindstones, 12 bbls. lard oil, J. Morton; 416 bbls. flour, 8317 bush. wheat, 14 bbls. tallow, McPherson & Crane.

Schr. Lady Bagot, Chatham, 8877 pipe and W.I. staves, 3789 feet lumber, Calvin & Cook.


11th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.

Brig John Hancock, Sandusky, 1197 bars railroad iron.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 13, 1851