Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chesapeake (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1841
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COAL FOR STEAMBOATS. -- The recent trip of the CHESAPEAKE to Detroit was a successful experiment in the use of Ohio coal for fues, with usual furnaces and flues, the draugh aided by a blower of simple construction and small expense. On the trip down no wood was used, and Capt. Howe informed us that 18 inches of steam could be raised with coal as easy as 12 inches with wood. The heat was fervid, uniform and generated as much steam as desired. Capt. Howe, considers the change in fuel "a great strike" indeed.
      The use of coal on lake boats must soon become general, so great are its advantages over wood for fuel. Nearly one half the expense will be saved, and sufficient fuel can be taken in at this port to last to detroit or Buffalo, and back, thus obviating the usual delays of wooding on the trip. The deck will not be lumbered up with fuel, but will be clear, clean and neat, ready for stowage of freight.
      Should the change become general, Cleveland will be the great coal depot of the lakes, and Ohio will gather a rich harvest from its inexhaustible mines. This will be the grand furnishing point, and the coal trade, which has been steadily increasing for several years past, will assume an importance scarcely dreamed of by those who located and constructed channels of such easy access to the mineral wealth of the interior. -- Cleveland herald.
      Detroit Free Press
      April 17, 1841

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Chesapeake (Steamboat), 1 Apr 1841