The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Reindeer (Tug), 6 Jun 1861

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An undertaking which may be considered a very hazardous one has been taken in hand by the tug REINDEER, Capt. S.C. Keeler. She has been chartered to proceed to Saugeen, Lake Huron, there to take in tow a raft of rock elm timber and deliver the same at Port Colborne, on Lake Erie. On its arrival at that place it will be towed by sections through the Welland Canal with horses to Port Dalhousie, thence by tug to Toronto, its destination. This we believe, is the first instance that an experiment attended with such a great risk of this kind has been undertaken, and if successfully performed will doubtless be followed up by many more such expeditions.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 6, 1861

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charter to tow logs
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William R. McNeil
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Reindeer (Tug), 6 Jun 1861