The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Buffalo Morning Express (Buffalo, NY), Sept. 24, 1847

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The First Propeller. - Ericsson made the first experiment with his Propeller engine on the ship "Clarion" in 1840. She had been running between New York and Havana, as a freight ship, and the engine was placed in her without any alteration of her hull or rigging.

The experiment was not satisfactory, but the enterprising inventer was not at all discouraged. The next experiment, as we are informed, was made on Lake Ontario, and then a vessel, the "Vandalia," was built with special reference to the use of the engine. This was the first practical and satisfactory application of the evention.

The "Vandalia" was built in Oswego in 1841, by Sylvester Doolittle, Esq., an enterprising and public spirited citizen of that place, who is in fact the pioneer in construction and running of Propellers. The construction of the "Vandalia" was an experiment which proved successful beyone the most sanguine expectations of the friends of the enterprise, and let to the subsequent building of the large number now navigating the lakes.

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Richard Palmer
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Buffalo Morning Express (Buffalo, NY), Sept. 24, 1847