Oswego vs. Philadelphia. - There are various opinions and a good deal of discussion has taken place of late, to the respective powers and merits of the Philadelphia propeller wheel now used on all but one of the tugs in the harbor, and the wheel manufactured by Messrs. Talcott & Underhill, for and in use on the tug H. Perry Jr. The Philadelphia wheel we believe now takes precedence of all others and is in general use, and it would be a triumph of no ordinary importance of the ingenuity and genius of Mr. Talcott of this city, the head of the above firm, should have produced a wheel of greater powers and utility than that of Philadelphia.
It is demonstrated, we believe, mathematically and experimentally, that an important difference obtains in the propelling power of the propeller wheel, when the boat is moving rapidly through the water and when standing still or moving slow in pulling. As we remarked, it is maintained by some gentlemen who have figured a little on this subject and compared the two kinds of wheels, that the Talcott wheel on the Perry is the most powerful for towing and will out pull any tug in the harbor, except the Page.
It is proposed that a trial of the powers of the tugs on wheels in this respect, be made and the question settled. The manner of making the trial suggested is to place the two tugs - the Perry and the Ontario or Morgan - stern to stern, and make them fast to each other, then let them pull and see which shall yield, or which will draw or tow the other. This would, we should think, be a fair mode by which to test the capacity of the wheels. We should like to see our Oswego and Philadelphia tried in this way and if Oswego can out draw Philadelphia, let the world know it, and give Messrs. Talcott & Underhill the credit to which they are entitled.