The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 9 Oct. 1827, page 2

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Canal Steam Boat.--The Buffalo Journal states that an experiment was made on the Erie Canal by an English gentleman, Mr. James Radcliff, to propel a boat by steam without washing the banks of the Canal by the motion of the paddles. By this experiment it has been ascertained that a steam canal boat with 2 tow boats may go a t the rate of 4 miles per hour, consuming two cords of wood in every one hundred miles. The engine is a horizontal one upon the high pressure principle, and is employed in working two forcing pumps that ply in a direction parallel to the sides of the boat, and within a false floor under her bottom. To feed these pumps, water is received into them through openings left towards her bow, and this is driven out at apertures near the stern, which gives motion to the boat. The principle is based upon the incompressibility of water, which cause the current passing out at the stern to act on the boat by the resistance it meets from the surrounding water against which it is driven.

Steam Boat accident.--The Pioneer, which plies between this port and Dunkirk, broke her main shaft on Tuesday last. This is the second accident of the kind this season. The damage, it is expected, will be repaired during this week, or the first of next when she will again resume her trips.--Buff. Jour.

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 9 Oct. 1827, page 2