The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 29 Aug 1858

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A new mode of propulsion is to be tried in a steamer launched at Keyport, N.J. on Saturday last. It is called Whittaker's improvements in side screw propulsion. The screw is attached to the side of the vessel, instead of the after end, and high-pressure locomotive machinery is to be used for driving it. Quickness of piston-motion, amounting to one hundred revolutions of the screw shaft per minute, which is not obtainable at low pressure, is one of the main advantages of the application. Another is the great saving of space and weight, amounting to more than one-half. The boat, it is expected, will be in running order in a month, and the experiment is regarded with much interest.

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I believe this was the CHARLOTTE VANDERBILT. The Lytle list gives her date of launch as 1857.
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29 Aug 1858
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 29 Aug 1858