Littlest Oswego Steamboat Detroit Free Press
July 24, 1839
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A novelty appeared in our river last week, it being no less than a miniature steamboat built for the purpose of testing a new boiler, invented by Mr. John Lille, an ingenious mechanic of this village. The boat is 32 feet long by 6 wide; the cylinder is 20 inches long with 4 1/2 inch bore, and is supplied with steam by a boiler 2 feet in diameter by 3 feet in length, which stands upright, and will hold 30 gallons of water - with a chamber for 15 gallons more. The boiler is constructed on the strongest possible plan - is of a circular form, containing alternately four fire and three water flues. The furnace has fine draught, and consumes one-fourth of a cord of wood per day, producing steam sufficient for an engine of four horse power. The inventor thinks the boiler is a great improvement, and intends making application for a patent. This little craft is propelled 16 miles an hour in still water. - Oswego Advertiser.