The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Canadian Emigrant (Sandwich, ON), Saturday, July 13, 1833

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The various purposes to which these useful and powerful pieces of mechanism may be applied are so obvious that any recommendation we could bestow upon them would be perfectly superfluous. The generation of steam for various manufacturing purposes appears to be increasingly appreciated in the vicinity of this town. So much has this subject excited our capitalists, that a audible competition has been entered into, not only amongst those who are engaged in the building of the numerous steamboats with which our navigable waters are daily becoming more splendidly applied, for the convenience and comfort of the traveller and the accommodation of commercial interests, by facilitating our numerous exports and imports, -- but also for the purposes of domestic manufactures.

For instance, there are now two excellent Copola Furnaces propelled by steam engines in this town, which were but a few months ago propeller by horse power, in which castings of every description are made with the greatest expedition, inferior to none in America.

There are, also, two Steam Engine manufactories in successful operation in this town, viz: Sheldon, Dutcher & Co's and Charles Perry's ; the latter of which we lately visited and was particularly struck with the superiority of the workmanship of a steam engine now preparing for Messrs. Worts & Gooderham's windmill near this town. It strikes us very forcibly that we never saw anything of the kind wear the appearance of a more superior finish. From Mr. Perry's superior Steam Engine Factory we took a turn down to a Steam Saw Mill, recently erected near the Windmill for the purpose of examining its engine recently manufactured by Mr. Perry, and to say the least of it, we were decidedly of opinion that very few such pieces of workmanship are to be met with in North America.

The rage for steam Saw Mills may be said to have commenced in right earnest in this neighborhood. Mr. Bickett has lately erected one in the pine woods east of the Don, in this immediate vicinity, the Engine of which was manufactured by Mr. Perry. We should not be at all surprised if the Steam Engine should supercede water power for the use of mills, not being subject to the casualties of broken dams, stoppages by drought and frost, to say nothing of the unhealthiness of large ponds of stagnant water generating pestilential ?????? and issuing thereby an unhealthy state of an sulphuric air throughout the neighborhoods where such mills are situated, and the total waste of perhaps 50 to 100 acres of excellent meadow lands. And besides all this the Mill-Wright can calculate his machinery with the most unerring exactness, (without being subject to the inconveniences occasioned by the fluctuation of the water being sometimes high and sometimes low) where there is a given power to be constantly applied as a propelling power.

It is certainly paying a compliment far below Mr. Perry's merit, to say that he is in every way deserving of public patronage, the fact is, he manufactures a superior article which needs only to be seen and put in motion to be admired. We intend to visit Messrs. Sheldon, Dutcher & Co's works before our next publication. — Advocate, York.

CORRECTION. — In our last we stated, that Messrs. McGregor and Van Allen were building a second new steamboat on the Thames. It utterly escaped our memory at the moment that though the projectors and promoters of the enterprise, the above gentlemen were only joint stockholders in the boat with others who are known as the "Thames Steam Navigation Company." We believe the stockholders, with the exception of Wm. G. Nall, Esq., of Moy, are principally farmers on the Thames. Their interest in this boat is a sure evidence of their intelligence and enterprise, and will prove the certain means of enhancing the value of their farms, and transporting their produce to market. We sincerely wish them success. If furnished with a list of the names of stockholders we shall willingly give it an insertion.

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William R. McNeil
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Canadian Emigrant (Sandwich, ON), Saturday, July 13, 1833