The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Susquehanna (Propeller), 23 Apr 1858

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A new first class propeller recently constructed at Cleveland, has been put on the New York & Erie Railroad line between Detroit and Dunkirk. She is called the SUSQUEHANNA, and is officered as follows: Capt. William Keith; Mate, John B. Goodsell; Clerk, B.D. Babcock. The Cleveland papers speak of her in the highest terms, as a model of shipbuilding. The engine is of high pressure, upright, and was built by the Globe Works. She has one wheel of three arms or buckets, of Merrick's patent. It is an experiment, the SUSQUEHANNA, we understand, being the first to adopt it. The peculiarity of its construction is in there being on the edge of each bucket a flange, at right angles with it, 7 1/2 inches in width at its center of length, and tapering to nothing at the ends. It is claimed that the wheel, by its revolution thus hooking in the water, will have no slippage, or at least less than the common style.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 23, 1858

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William R. McNeil
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Susquehanna (Propeller), 23 Apr 1858