The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Water Witch (Propeller), 30 Apr 1862

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The new prop. 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 theri appearance at our docks. Our excellent feature of her hull is a water-tight bulkhead, built of solid oak timber, inlaid with India rubber lining, some 30 ft. abaft her stem. The complete destruction of the boat forward of this bulkheadwould 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 seperate, 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 1 1/2 cords of wood propelled her from Newport to this city in 3 1/2 hours running time. Her cabin accommodations are not wanting in any respect. She was modeled and constructed throughout by Capt. J.L. Wolverton, and, we believe, is the 18 or 20 steamer he has built in his day. Her officers are: Capt. Sweeney, commander; Mr. Belman, mate; Mr. McIntyre, 2nd mate; Mr. Rouse, engineer; Mr. Stonebraker, 2nd engineer; Mr. Gordon, clerk; and Mr. Adams, steward, all men of good experience.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 30, 1862

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Water Witch (Propeller), 30 Apr 1862