The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
L. H. Nichols (Canal Boat), 1 Nov 1859

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THE NEW PROPELLER L.H. NICHOLS. - The Lockport Advertiser says the new propeller built for Spalding & Clapp, is in the canal basin at the foot of the locks, and is receiving its machinery. The hulk was built at O'Conner's ship yard in Buffalo. The boiler is one of Blanchard's super-heating patents. Her engine is 120 horse power, and was built at Pound's furnace, under the superintendence of R.P. Butrick. It is calculated that she will make the trip from Buffalo to New York in five days - towing from four to six boats, and not consume over one ton of coal in twenty four hours. She will be completed by the 15th of this month. Her size is small, but she looks as if she will be good for whatever she undertakes - a perfect Lockport clipper.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, November 5, 1859

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NEW STEAM TUG. -- The new steam tug L. H. NICHOLS, built in Buffalo for L. A. Spalding of this place, the engine and boiler of which were constructed at Pound's furnace at the foot of the locks, started this (Saturday) morning for New York, says the Lockport Journal, with four boats in tow. We understand that she is to ply on the North River this winter, as a "tow boat," and in the spring be brought upon the canal again. Mr. S. in this, as in every other enterprize, is up to the times, and evidently intends to test - practically,- the utility of steam on the canal.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      November 21, 1859

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L. H. Nichols (Canal Boat), 1 Nov 1859