The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1875

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p.2 W.C. - 7.


Great Achievement In Propeller Wheels - Although it is now only a little more than 12 months since Mr. Brokenshire, at his Atlantic Foundry, commenced the manufacture of propeller wheels he has certainly met with the greatest degree of success, as the large number that he has made can testify. They are now constantly increasing in demand, as nearly every fast boat that plies upon our waters either has one, or else has placed an order in Mr. Brokenshire's hands for one to be made. That elegant little steamer Geneva, built by Messrs. Chaffey Bros., for the Folgers, has one of those wheels, which does its work to entire satisfaction. It is said she will with her present wheel make the same time as she did with her former wheels, while running fifty revolutions less per minute. That beautiful little pleasure yacht, the Swift, owned by Messrs. Chaffey Bros., which seems to skim the waters like a swallow, has also one of those wheels. The D.C. West, of Clayton, and many others which could be named, also willingly testify to the excellence of these wheels, their superiority of construction, smoothness of casting, and beauty of shape.

But it is not only in wheels for small vessels that their success is conceded, but also for large. The propeller Calabria, one of the largest vessels of her class on our lakes, has had one of these wheels, and between this port and Port Dalhousie and back gains four hours time on what she had previously, which during a season's business must be a considerable gain to her owners. The reputation these wheels have already obtained has been in the highest degree encouraging, and may be said to fully equal the celebrated Philadelphia wheel.

Marine Pump - The Oswego Palladium says: "Messrs. Brown, McCarthy & Co. have on exhibition at their mart a marine pump, manufactured by Messrs. Davidson, Doran & Co. of Kingston which possesses such merit that it deserves notice. The pump is double acting, two plungers with one pipe, and requires no priming, as the bottom valves retain water until evaporation and then it draws from the bottom with ease. There is no leather used in the valves, solid india rubber globes, which will last a life time being substituted. It is almost impossible to get out of gear, as it is strong and simple."

p.3 Underway - Calvin & Breck's shipbuilders are preparing for work on the first stage of their proposed large ocean-going vessel.

-Charlotte is to have an International Regatta.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1875