ANOTHER STEAM CANAL BOAT
We learn from our Albany exchanges that the steam canal boat GEORGE BAYNARD left that city on Sunday morning, for a trial trip through the Erie Canal. The BAYNARD is an ordinary canal boat, rebuilt to suit the new invention. The boat is owned by Messrs. Main & McMillan, the senior partner of which firm is a practical machinist and was lately foreman of the well known Morgan Iron Works in New York City. If nothing unexpected occurs to detain her, this steamer may be expected here within a few days.
Our readers will be interested in a description of the principal features of this invention. The propelling power is in the bow of the boat and is an ordinary screw wheel. The lower part of the forward end of the boat is cut away for a distance of about 20 feet. This cavity tapers, from nearly the full width of the boat in front to the size of the wheel at the other end. The wheel is worked by a simple upright engine, 12 x 12 inches. The boiler, which is also upright, is four feet in diameter by ten feet in length. The engine and boiler are arranged very compactly, so that the space occupied on the floor is only ten feet wide and four feet long. The weight of the machinery, with the boiler full of water, is five tons; the opening for the screw reduces the boat's capacity five tons more, making a total loss by the introduction of steam of ten tons. This, in a 230 ton boat, is certainly a very trifling consideration. The estimated consumption of fuel will be one ton every twenty-four hours, or 2,000 pounds to every seventy-two miles travelled. According to this estimate there will be a saving in the use of steam power, as against horse power, of thirty cents a mile. Four men will be sufficient to work the boat continuously, night and day.
Messrs. Main & McMillan, like the owners of every other invention, are very sanguine that their plan will be a success. We hope that the trial of the BAYNARD will be attended with better results than have attended the trials of her competitors. Several steam canal boats have already been advertised to start on a trial trip for this city. Since the announcement was made time enough has elapsed to make two round trips with horses, but not a single steamer has yet arrived at this port. What has become of them ? The natural conclusion is that a practical trial showed them to be deficient somewhere. The progress of the BAYNARD will be watched with a lively interest by our commercial people generally.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Wednesday, August 9, 1871
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