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J. M. Diver (Tug), C116397., 1904

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Tug SPEAR.* Of 160 tons displacement. 85.0 x 20.0 x 10.0 Built at Green Bay, Wis., in 1882. Purchased by Govt., in 1893 at Port Huron, Mich. Valued at $5,000. Crew of 6 [2 officers & 4 crew]
      Formerly THOMAS SPEAR. Official U.S. No. 145297.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1914
      Vessels Owned by the Engineer Dept, U. S. Army.
      NOTE: the above may not be quite accurate, the SPEARS was a new hull built 1904 but had the engines of the THOMAS SPEAR, the old hull was sold to Canada and rebuilt into the J.M. DIVER (very conflicting material. See record of W.B. ALDRICH.)
Steam screw THOMAS SPEAR. U. S. No. 145297. Of 83.26 tons gross; 65.42 tons net. Built at Green Bay, Wis., in 1882. Home port, Escanaba, Mich. 80.0 x 14.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1886 [steam vessels]
NOTE: The THOMAS SPEAR, U. S. No. 145216 was built in 1880, burned the same year and raised and rebuilt at Green Bay as THOMAS SPEAR, U. S. No. 145297, the hull became Canadian in 1904, rebuilt as J.M. DIVER Official Canada No. 116397.
      Herman Runge Notes
      Great Lakes Hist. Soc., Bowling Green, Ohio

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J. M. Diver (Tug), C116397., 1904