The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Minnie F. Parsons (Propeller), 20 Jul 1868

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On Saturday evening (7/18) quite a number of people witnessed the launch of a new tug at George H. Notter's boat yard at the foot of Virginia St. The launch was a successful one, and the new vessel presented a fine appearance when afloat. Miss Minnie F. Parsons, a little daughter of Ald. Parsons, named the new tug after herself as the vessel was put afloat. The new tug was built for Messrs. J.W. Parsons, C.L. Gorton and Justin Van Camp, of this city, at a cost of $13,000, and is designed for towing timber rafts on the river. She is 74 ft. long; breadth of beam 15 ft.; depth of hold 7 1/2 ft. The engine cylinder is 18 by 20 inches; the boiler is 6 ft. shell by 11 ft. ling and contains 102 2 1/2 inch tubes; the wheel is 6 1/2 ft. in diameter. When light, the tug will draw 6 1/2 ft. of water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 20, 1868 3-3

      TUG LAUNCH:- A new tug named the MINNIE F. PARSONS, was launched at Buffalo on Saturday evening. She is the property of J.W. Parsons, and C.L. Gorten and Justin Van Camp, of Buffalo, and is designed for towing timber rafts in that harbor. She measures 74 feet length; 15 feet beam; 7 feet 6 inches hold. Engine cylinder is 18 x 20 inches, her wheel is 6 and a half feet in diameter.
      Chicago Tribune
      Thursday, July 23, 1868

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Minnie F. Parsons (Propeller), 20 Jul 1868