The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Jacob Hinds (Propeller), 1 Jun 1852

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STEAM ON THE CANAL. - The steam tug JACOB HINDS passed through this village last Thursday, having in tow, four of the largest class of boats that can now navigate the canal. They were heavily loaded with railroad iron, and as eighty four tons was the smallest that any of them had, the aggregate amount of freight must have been at least three hundred and twenty six tons. With this heavy line of boats to drag, the steam tug moved ahead at the rate of between three and four miles an hour, notwithstanding the obstacles which the narrow and shallow water of the old canal, in many places presented. It made no swell to wash the banks, but moved on smoothly, hardly breaking the surface of the stream with a ripple. - Lockport Democrat.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, June 21, 1852

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Jacob Hinds (Propeller), 1 Jun 1852