The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Wed., March 17, 1841

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The Ericsson Propeller. - It will be seen by an advertisement in our subsequent columns, that our friend Capt. J. Van Cleve has become interested in this truly important invention, and is now about introducing it upon our waters; and we understand that our forwarders contemplate establishing a daily line of freight schooners with these propellers between Oswego and Cleveland during the next season, which will insure the transportation of goods from New York to Ohio by this route in nine days without any reference to weather.

This invention to those engaged in nautical operations, must prove invaluable; and although we do not profess to be competent judges ourselves in such matters, the experiment has been tried in New York, and its practicable application has been fully tested in the presence of the best judges. An important recommendation is its simplicity and cheapness -- occupying only about ten feet square in the extreme stern of the vessel; the machinery, including the water in the boiler, weighing (when sufficiently large to propel a vessel of one hundred and fifty tons, when loaded, at the rate of seven miles an hour) only five tons and a half, and this in no wise interfering with the cargo, as it serves only as ballast, and the vessel will carry as much with as without it, and the cost of the engine and fitting into each schooner the trifling sum of about $2,000. Fuel necessary for a trip to Cleveland $25. With these propellers our vessels can make two trips where they now make only one; and a defiance bid to contrary winds, &c. The propellers are not either or all in the way of in her passage through the canal.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego County Whig (Oswego, NY), Wed., March 17, 1841