The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Jan 1858

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A new steamboat of novel construction has lately been completed to run between New York and Albany, which, besides other peculiarities, has a novel method of propulsion. She is provided with a pair of oscillating engines on each side, which drive a four-bladed propeller 14 feet in diameter, located a little abaft the middle of the boat. The power is applied at right angles with the hull, directly to the cranks of the shaft, the propeller being in the centre [sic]. The line of the shaft is about two feet above the water level. The nominal power of each engine is 250 horses. The boilers are built upright, 18 feet high and 9 feet in diameter, filled with 200 vertical tubes. Between the outer and inner shells are 16 coils of steam pipes, to contain water for the generation of steam. The space between the shells, which is about two feet wide, comprises the furnace room, and contains less grate surface (so says the engineer) in proportion to the fire surface of the boiler, than any other that was ever built. She is also supplied with two donkey engines and all requisite fire apparatus. The advantages of this improvement (it has been tested on the lakes) is a great increase in power and speed, and at the same time, a great saving in fuel and labor. The weight of the engines and boiler is only a fraction of the old-fashioned ones.

Captain H. Whittaker, of Buffalo, who has been long connected with the steamers on the lakes, is the inventor of this new improvement, and the boat has been built under his direction for D.J. Townsend, of Buffalo. Mr. Samuel Hathaway, a lake engineer, is superintending the putting in of her engines, he having constructed those so successfully used on the lakes. She will be ready for her trial trip, probably in two weeks.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 21 Jan 1858