The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Laura D. (Propeller), 1 Jan 1892

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Toledo, O., Jan. 21 - An interesting experiment will be made this spring on the sand boat LAURA D. Capt. I.D. Gillispie, has applied to the secretary of the treasury for permission to use crude oil as fuel on the steamer. Permission will undoubtedly be granted in this case, considering the business the LAURA D is engaged in. The owners expect a saving of at least 50 per cent. over soft coal, as they claim that 130 gallons of crude oil is equal to one ton of coal. Crude oil can be purchased here for one cent a gallon. Economy of space is also important as this quantity of oil will occupy less than one half the space taken up by a ton of soft coal and its weight is less than half a ton. The LAURA D has two Roberts' safety water tube boilers. In large stationary plants in this city and vicinity oil is being used extensively.
      The Marine Review
      January 21, 1892

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Laura D. (Propeller), 1 Jan 1892