The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Merrill I. Mills (Tug), 8 Aug 1867

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The new tug which was launched a short time since at ALGONAC, and brought to this city for completion, lies at Stewart McDonald's shipyard, and in about 10 days will be in readiness to compete with others in the towing business on the lakes and rivers. She has been christened the MERRILL I. MILLS, after his honor the Mayor of our city. She is of the largest size, and everything pertaining to a first class tug may be found in the construction of this fine steamer. Her dimensions are as follows: Length 137 ft., beam 21 ft. 6 inches, depth of hold 12 ft. It is claimed that she has one of the best boilers afloat, provided with air tight doors and damps, a recent improvement. She is to be provided with all the arrangements of a first class wrecking steamer, and her facilities for such occassions will be unsurpassed. She is owned by M.B. Kean, and will be commanded Capt. Boyington, who it may be truly said, is the right man in the right place.
      Detroit Free Press
      August 8, 1867

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Merrill I. Mills (Tug), 8 Aug 1867