The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1855

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p.2 Improved Paddles on the Steamer Ontario - Capt. Throop, of the steamer Ontario, has recently invented and applied an improved bucket to the wheels of that steamer, which bids fair to be of great utility and value. Thus far the experiments with the improvements have proved very successful and satisfactory. One that has seen a model of the new bucket says that it works something like a scoop, dipping into the water, instead of slapping it with the broad surface of the paddle, thus giving the boat an easier motion, causing less jar and skaking. Not only so, but greater speed is attained with this bucket. By actual observation the Ontario, with this improvement, has made better time and consumed less fuel than any boat on the lake. Captain Throop has already applied for a patent. The following is the time made by the Ontario on Saturday: -

left Oswego, 8:10 1/2, arrived at S. Harbour, 10:47

left Sackets, 10:57, " Kingston, 12:5

left Kingston, 1:25, " Alex Bay, 8:10

arrived at Ogdensburg at 5:30 p.p. [Rochester Union]

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 28, 1855