The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Bazin's Roller Boat (Steamboat), 1 May 1897

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ANOTHER MARINE WONDER. - Bazin's roller steamer, which was to make 30 knots an hour and revolutionize the transatlantic passenger service, has suffered a serious setback. Dispatches regarding recent trials of an experimental boat of this type in French waters are to the effect that they are very discouraging. The engines not proving powerful enough. Their power was nearly trebled after early trials, but the increased weight submerged the rollers so deep that they turned only ten times a minute instead of forty. The rollers threw up such quantities of water behind that each acted like a brake and reduced the 30 knots an hour to 6 or 7. Rubber scrapers are being experimented with to prevent the upheaval of the water.
      Evening Wisconsin
      May 7, 1897

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William R. McNeil
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Bazin's Roller Boat (Steamboat), 1 May 1897