The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Commercial Advertiser (Oswego, NY), Thurs. , Sept. 29, 1870.

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The Tug Explosion. - Contrary to the information which we received yesterday, it is now stated that the explosion of the tug Dodge did not occur from low water in the boiler, as the engineer had left it the night previous with three gauges in, of which fact there was unquestionable proof. it is believed the explosion occurred from an over-pressure of steam; the government safety valve placed on the boiler not being calculated to let up at any particular pressure, or prove any safeguard whatsoever. A party who has been employed on the Dodge, states that on one occasion, when giving her an overhauling, it was necessary to cut the safety valve open with a chisel it being nearly as firmly cemented as if cast solid. The boiler is represented to have been as good and strong as any in the harbor.

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From enrollment records: Vessel built in Philadelphia, Pa. , 1864. 65x18x6 37 tons (US#10546)
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Thurs. , Sept. 29, 1870.
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Richard Palmer
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Commercial Advertiser (Oswego, NY), Thurs. , Sept. 29, 1870.