The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 8, 1872

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p.1 A New Propeller - A new propeller to be called the China, is now in course of construction at Power's shipyard for Messrs. Patterson, (of Kingston) and Proctor, (of Hamilton). Her admeasurement over all, will be 142 feet in length, 26 feet 2 inches in breadth of beam, and 11 feet 6 inches in depth of hold. When finished she will possess an improvement, entirely a new and important feature in marine architecture, - a feature introduced by Mr. Power, and the first occasion it has been employed in shipbuilding on the inland waters. It consists of the application of an iron covering (so-called) on the beams, extending the whole length of the vessel, rivetted as if in one plate, surmounting this is a wooden covering which bolted down through the beams, renders the craft much stronger and substantial than ordinary. In addition to this there are several longitudinal girders running from fore to aft, under the beams, and connected at each extremity of the end, fastened in such a manner as to prevent the possibility of the vessel losing shape, as is generally the case of all propellers - they invariably in the coarse of time lower perceptibly at the ends. The "clamps," technically speaking, are likewise improved by a "table," which is built so as to bind the strakes so closely together as to appear as one plank, and consequently afford a greater amount of strength and durability than otherwise. The propeller will be completed and ready for launching by the opening of navigation.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Feb. 8, 1872