The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
America (Tug), U107302, 19 Aug 1897

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The tug AMERICA sailed in the waters of the harbor on its first trip yesterday, and it was greeted with a deafening concert of steam whistles from the craft which were in port. In the afternoon she cast out her first hawser and her consort was the new stm. STARUCCA, which also has its first voyage to make. The boats presented a pretty sight as they steamed outside the breakwater and the pair was photographed. The AMERICA is possibly the largest tug of her kind on the lakes. Her length is 87 ft., beam 21 ft. and she draws a depth of over 11 ft. of water. Her gross tonnage is 123.42 and her net 89.93. The boat is equipped with a fore-and-aft compound engine of 16 and 32 diameters and 27 inch strokes. The boiler is allowed a pressure of 150 pounds. The Union Drydock Co. built her for the Erie Tug Co., of Erie, Pa.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      August 19, 1897 3-1

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America (Tug), U107302, 19 Aug 1897