The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sciota (Propeller), 1 May 1857

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THE CORLISS ENGINE FOR MARINE PURPOSES. -- When public attention was first called to the advantages of the Corliss Patent Engine, now manufactured at the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, several anonymous correspondents chose to cast suspicion upon the engine and to call in question the practicability of its application, not only to stationary engines, but particularly for marine purposes. These gentlemen who assumed by poetic license, the titles of "Candor" and "Justice," were then assured that the proof of the superiority of the Corliss Engine should be forthcoming and Mr. "Fun-Alive" was promised all the sport he wished, and that his machine should have "an equal chance." Since the publication of these articles, the Corliss engine has taken the place of one built at Shepard's Iron Works, and two of Bell's stationary engines, in all cases as giving the fullest satisfaction and showing a saving of one-half the fuel, and doing the same work with about one-half the boiler pressure. The certificate of Eaton & Co., has already been published, and below will be found a letter from Mr. Sturtevant, the Chief Engineer of the Northern Transportation Company, giving a statement of the operation of one of these engines on board the propeller LOUISVILLE, which fully demonstrates that the Corliss Engine is as well adapted to Marine, as to Stationary Engines. The fact that it does the same work with the best of other engines with one half the fuel, commends it, as a matter of economy, to the Transportation Companies on the Lakes. The American Transportation Company's propeller SCIOTA, which has been fitted with one, will be in port as soon as the ice will permit, when any who may be interested, can satisfy themselves with regard to the merits of these machines. Much credit is due to Philo Chamberlain, Esq., President of the Northern Transportation Co., and to Hiram Niles, Esq., President of the American Transportation Co., for their promptness is ascertaining the superiority of the engine and adopting it. The attention of Propeller and Steamboat owners is invited to the following communication :-

      St. Catharines, C. W., May 9th, 1857.
      Mr. E. H. Rees, Superintendent Buffalo Steam Engine Works, Buffalo, N. Y.
Dear Sir:-- The propeller LOUISVILLE left Ogdensburgh May 2d, and during the trip from Ogdensburgh to this place, your Corliss Patent Engine has performed to our entire satisfaction. We had no occasion to make any adjustment or alter the least thing during the entire trip. During the trip our pressure averaged fifty pounds, the boat making the same speed that she did with the old engine when carrying seventy-five pounds pressure on boilers. The saving of fuel is very plain to be seen. I think we will save one half the fuel, as compared with last year. The engine taken out was one from Shepard's Iron Works, and we considered it a very good one of the ordinary kind of engine. But the face is, this style of engine has no superiors and few if any equals.
      Will write you again from Cleveland, giving the figures. Very respectfully Yours
      S. C. Sturtevant, Chief Engineer
      of the Northern Transportation Co.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Monday, May 11, 1857

steam screw SCIOTA. Of 389 tons. Built Huron, Ohio, 1848. First home port, Sandusky, Ohio. LOST 1864
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Sciota (Propeller), 1 May 1857