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Rotary (Steam canal boat), U21471, 15 Apr 1859

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NEW CANAL STEAMER. -- A handsome little steamer named the ROTARY arrived at the dock, foot of State Street, Albany, on Wednesday. The ROTARY is built to run upon the canal, and besides being a model little craft, has an engine of an entirely new construction. The cylinder, instead of containing a piston, has four fans, which are moved by the pressure of the steam, and produce a continuous motion. More direct application of power can hardly be conceived. The steam acts almost directly upon the shaft, and produces perfect revolutions of the propeller. She will probably be in this city soon, when the curious can have an opportunity to examine her.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      April 15, 1859

ANOTHER CANAL STEAMER:-- A screw propeller named ROTARY, of N. Y., the largest vessel of this type on the canals, with an engine of 80 horse power -- Mention
      Buffalo Express
      August 4, 1859
Steam screw ROTARY, U. S. No. 21471, of 127 tons. Built Brooklyn, N.Y. 1859. First Home port, New York, N.Y. DISPOSITION:-- Abandoned 1864 ?? Burnt December 31, 1882 at Edenion, N. C.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U.S.A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868

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Rotary (Steam canal boat), U21471, 15 Apr 1859