The Novelty was the first propeller-driven merchant ship.
In the winter of 1837 the Novelty was put into service in England. It was driven by a 10 PSi steam engine . The ship served the two ports of Manchester and London on a regular liner service. With the two counter-rotating Ericsson - propellers of 0.76 meters in diameter, it achieved a speed of 8-9 knots.
Brennecke, Jochen: History of shipping . Sigloch Edition, Künzelsau 1981, ISBN 3-8003-0169-5 , p.263/264 .
Gutsche, Fritz: The development of the ship's propeller . In: Technology history: Contributions to the history of technology and industry . Vol. 26, 1937, pp.39/40 .