The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., July 14, 1891

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What's The Matter With This Invention?

Frank E. Kirby, the well-known ship designer, is tickled to death over a new smokeless marine engine, the invention of a man named Gray, of Springfield, Ohio. On Saturday afternoon a small open steam launch gracefully rounded to at the foot of Griswold street, and out stepped Mr. Kirby, Secretary McVittie, of the Detroit Dry-Dock Company, and Fred Ballin, the designer for the Detroit Boat Works There they stood on the dock and explained the workings of the Gray engine, with which the launch was equipped, to an admiring crowd, among whom were Capt. E. M. Peck, Capt. James Millen, A. A. Parker, Capt. John Quinn and others. The engine was driven by the expansion of naphtha by a spark of electricity in the cylinder, and the little boat was thus sent along at the rate of 8 miles per hour. There was no noise, no steam, and it is said that the engine can be operated all day on a quart of naphtha. Great things are expected of it.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Tues., July 14, 1891