The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. K. Muir (Propeller), U26249, 1863

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Propeller W.K. MUIR. [C] Of 227 tons. Built at Buffalo in 1854 by George Colyer. Owned by Thomas harbottle. Home port, Montreal. Class, Æ. Value $16,000. REMARKS. - Tug; formerly HAMILTON MORTON, enlarged and rebuilt in 1863.
      Register of the Ships of the Lakes
      and River St. Lawrence, 1864
Propeller HAMILTON MORTON. Of 144 tons. Built Buffalo in 1854 by George Colyer. Owned by J. Pridgeon. Home port, Detroit. Class, A 2. Value $8,000. REMARKS. - Tug
      Board of lake Underwriters
      Lake vessel Register, 1860

      THE ILL-FATED TUG MUIR. - This ill-fated steamer, the career of which terminated so disastrously, was formerly the HAMILTON MORTON, and was built at Buffalo in 1854. After several years' service the Morton was partially destroyed by fire at this port, and in 1863 was rebuilt and considerably enlarged, her name changed, and was doubtless as staunch a built craft as plied the rivers. It is stated that a few moments prior to the explosion the low state of water in the boiler was noticed, the boat stopped and the fires put out, when the tug was hailed by the captain of the vessel she had in tow to go ahead and get out of the way. The tug made one or two more turns with her wheel, when the result already known immediately followed.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 21, 1867

      Steam screw HAMILTON MORTON.* U. S. No. 26249. Of 227 gross tons. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1854.
      * Renamed W.R. MUIR - U. S. - 1868
      Herman Runge List

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W. K. Muir (Propeller), U26249, 1863