The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daniel S. Merritt (Propeller), 1 Aug 1866

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NEW PROPELLING WHEELS. - A boat built on an entirely new style of propelling wheels, will be launched in a few days. She has been built at the yard of John Jenkins for Messrs. Merritt & Blanchard. She is to be called the DANIEL S. MERRITT. - Detroit Free Press, 17
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 25, 1866

      NEW MODE OF PROPELLING BOATS. - On Saturday morning last, a small steamer, named the S. D. MERRITT, was launched. Her dimensions are only 31 feet keel, 33 feet over all, 6 feet beam, and she is propeller by four balance wheels on each side, placed five feet from the bow running aft. On the balance wheels are placed parallel rods containing seven buckets, which enter the water direct, pulling half the circumference of the wheel, and leaving the water the same as when entering. This is a new mode of propulsion, and, if the experiment succeeds, the inventor of the system will put the appliance on other boats. - Detroit Free Press, 23d.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      August 25, 1866

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Daniel S. Merritt (Propeller), 1 Aug 1866