The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
M. F. Reynolds (Propeller), 18 May 1849

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STEAM PROPELLERS.- These vessels are now being thoroughly tried on our canals, and with the prespect that they may prove to be more practicable and useful than has heretofore been supposed. The Rochester American of yesterday has the following;
      The Steam Canal Propeller M. F. REYNOLDS, Capt. F. Silence, made a trial trip through this city yesterday afternoon with 70 tons freight, loaded chiefly by Holmes & Fish, and left last evening for New York. Her speed was about four miles an hour. She is a "lake boat" in build, and can carry 100 tons. Her machinery weighs 8 tons. She consumes 1 1/2 cords of wood in 24 hours. The wheel, which is 4 feet in diameter, is in the stern, where all the smoke and steam is discharged. In deep water Capt. Silence thinks he can make from 8 to 10 miles an hour.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, May 19, 1849

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M. F. Reynolds (Propeller), 18 May 1849