The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 27 Apr 1862

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NEW STYLE OF PROPELLER - Many of our citizens along the docks on Friday evening were taken somewhat by surprise on seeing a steamer approaching the city from up the river propelled by an engine with walking-beam working the contrary way, that is, athwartships the decks, and not fore-and-aft, the usual way. On her arrival at Brady's dock, she proved to be the new propeller Water Witch, built recently at Newport,* on the River St. Clair, and intended for the Lake Superior route. Her propelling shaft is governed by a walking beam, which is geared to it in connection with her machinery, and moving in the manner above described. It is decidedly a new and novel get-up on the lakes, although not altogether so East, where the experiment has in one or two instances been successfully carried into operation. The revolutions of the wheel are more rapid and of greater force than those at present in use, and work otherwise to a better advantage. The Water Witch is an excellent model for running, and is in every way well adapted for the route which she is intended for.

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*Now Marine City, MI
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27 Apr 1862
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Dave Swayze
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Maritime History of the Great Lakes
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 27 Apr 1862