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Andrew J. Smith (Propeller), U105624, 8 Apr 1876

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The tug owned by Mr. Laban Fortier, of this city, was successfully launched last evening from the yard of the Union Drydock Co. She will be employed in towing on the Detroit River, and for wrecking purposes. A large force of men are working on her, and she will no doubt be ready for business before the time named in the contract, the first of May. We have already given a description of her.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 8, 1876 3-6

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      The new tug launched last Friday at the Union Drydock Co.'s yard has been named the ANDREW J. SMITH by her owner.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 10, 1876 3-5

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TUG LAUNCH. -- The new powerful wrecking tug, ANDREW J. SMITH, building at the Union Ship Yard for L. B. Fortier, was successfully launched at five o'clock Friday afternoon. She is nearly completed, having part of her machinery already on board, and is said to be one of the finest and staunchest tugs ever built. Her dimensions are 127 feet length of keel, 23 feet breadth of beam, and 11 feet depth of hold. The engine, 25 x 36 inch, was manufactured at the King Iron Works. The boiler is from the works of Riter Brothers and is 18 feet in length and 8 feet 6 inch shell. The wheel is of the Philadelphia pattern. This tug will run on Detroit River, but not in the association, and will also be used for wrecking purposes. The craft was named after the President of the Manhattan Insurance Company, of New York, one of the most successful underwriters in the country. --- Buffalo Express.
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, April 12, 1876

Steam screw ANDREW J. SMITH. U. S. No. 105624. Of 235.58 tons gross; 168.15. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1876. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

ANDREW J. SMITH.* Built April 7, 1876 Steam Tug -Wood
U. S. No. 105624 239 gt -171 nt 117.1' x 23.6' x 8.4'
* Renamed (b) ANDREW J. SMITH -Can -1905 (C 117031)
      (c) ANDREW J. SMITH -US -1918
Abandoned at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., in 1920.
      Buffalo Shipbuilding Master List
      Institute for Great lakes marine research
      Perrysburg, Ohio

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Andrew J. Smith (Propeller), U105624, 8 Apr 1876