The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Aug 1870

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THE TUG TORNADO. - This tug, which was sunk Saturday morning last near Oswego, was built in Oswego by Messrs. Kittle and Moore, and was about eight years old. She was owned by Messrs. Smith & Post, was a staunch one of the largest size, and one of the most powerful on Lake Ontario. The boiler of the Tornado was one of the best that ever floated on fresh water. It was made by Desetel & Hulton, of Detroit, and was put into the tug one year ago last June. It was of (190)* horse-power. The cause of the disaster is not difficult to divine. The engineer allowed the water to get low in the boiler and when the cold water was let in it was like applying fire to powder. Ackerman [sic] was considered a competent and faithful man. He must have gone to sleep and neglected his duty. Last season the tug was on the Saginaw River, with the same engineer. Of the six persons on the tug three were lost, as already reported by telegraph, and at latest accounts their bodies had not been recovered. The Tornado sank in deep water, and is a total loss. She was valued at $12,000, and there was no insurance.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 10 Aug 1870