The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Rapid (Canal boat), 4 Oct 1876

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      A new canal steamer appeared in our waters yesterday. She bears the little name RAPID and hails from Havana, N.Y., where she was built by the owner, George Hall, who is also the inventor and projector of the various improvements incorporated in the construction of the boat, engine and propelling machinery. Mr. Hall is evidently familiar with the boating business and has undertaken to overcome all the difficulties that stand in the way of the full success of steam on the canals. The great point is economy in running expenses and also in loading capacity. The BAXTER steamer could carry only about 7,000 bushels of wheat, while it is claimed for this new steamer that she will stow and carry 8,000 bushels, which is about the average load of the full size horse boats. Further, the boiler and pilot house are so arranged that one man performs the triple job of engineer, fireman and steerman. The propeller wheel is a new pattern which thus far gives entire satsifaction to the inventer, working as well through eel grass as in clean water.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      October 4, 1876 3-1

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William R. McNeil
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Rapid (Canal boat), 4 Oct 1876