The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Walter McQueen (Propeller), 6 Oct 1856

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BOAT RACE. - One of the most exciting races which ever took place from our harbor, came off on Monday fternoon, between the tow boats HAMILTON MORTON and WALTER McQUEEN, on a bet of $200 a side; but the principal object of which was to test the respective speed of the boats. The distance run was about 26 or 27 miles, and the race was won by the McQUEEN, by about two miles. The time of the McQUEEN was two hours and 14 minutes. She turned the stake boat in 54 minutes, fourteen and a half miles an hour. She was hindered considerably in coming back, owing to the dense fog. Hitherto the HAMILTON MORTON has been considered the fastest propeller that ever turned a wheel on fresh water. Her superiority was so universally acknowledged that no one thought of disputing it. The owner of the McQUEEN were considered foolish for running with her. Bets were freely offered at two to one on the MORTON, and a great many were taken. We think that at least $10,000 changed hands on this occasion. The knowing ones were sadly disappointed.
      The McQUEEN was not built expressly for running, but for wrecking and bringing vessels into the harbor in bad weather. She is one of the best sea boats that runs on fresh water. She was modeled and built by D.M. O'Connor, of Buffalo. Her speed is owing mainly to her machinery, which is said to be superior to anything in the propeller line, being built on the locomotive principle, by Walter McQueen, of Schenectady, Supt. of the Locomotive Works, and one of the best machinists in this country. - Chicago Journal, 9th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      Saturday, October 11, 1856

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Walter McQueen (Propeller), 6 Oct 1856