Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Water Witch (Propeller), 27 Apr 1862
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Many of our citizens along the docks came 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 prop. 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 1 or 3 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 has an excellent model for running, and is in every way adapted for the route which she is intended for.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 27, 1862

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William R. McNeil
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Water Witch (Propeller), 27 Apr 1862