The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Apr 1862

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THE WATER WITCH - The new propeller Water Witch, at present lying at Brady's dock, was yesterday visited by many of our citizens, including several of our leading shipwrights. By the latter she was pronounced - as we have already intimated - to be built strong and substantial, and of a model in advance of all others that have as yet made their appearance at our docks. One excellent feature of her hull is a water-tight bulkhead built of solid oak timber, inlaid with India rubber lining, some thirty feet abaft her stem. The complete destruction of the boat forward of this bulkhead would by no means prevent her from proceeding on her voyage, and in any event there is a portion of the hull which cannot be submerged. A new invention is that of her capstan and windlass, which can be worked together or separate, being connected on an entirely new plan. Her pony engine is in advance of all others we have yet seen. Of her speed it is stated that one and a half cords of wood propelled her from Newport to this city in three and a half hours running time. Her cabin accommodation are not wanting in any respect. She was modeled and constructed throughout by Capt. J. L. Wolverton, and, we believe is the eighteenth or twentieth steamer he built in his day. Her officers are: Capt. Sweeney, commander; Mr. Belman, mate; Mr. McIntyre, 2d do; Mr. Rouse, engineer; Mr. Stonebraker, 2d do; Mr. Gordon, clerk; and Mr. Adams, steward - all men of good experience.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Apr 1862