Newly Invented Wheel for Steam Vessels. - Capt. George S. Weeks, the Oswego ship builder, has invented a new wheel for propelling vessels, and has taken the necessary steps to secure a patent for the same. The wheel is believed to be an important improvement, which will supersede 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 15 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 and working of this invention may be had by addressing Geo. S. Weeks, Esq. , Oswego.