The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Nelson Boutin (Tug), 15 Apr 1882

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      The new tug NELSON BOUTIN will be launched from Notter's yard today, probably in the forenoon. She is owned by the gentleman for which she is named, who lives in Bayfield, Wis., and is one of Notter's best.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 15, 1882 4-6

      The new tug N. BOUTIN was launched from Notter's yard on Saturday forenoon. Her length is 76 ft., beam 17 ft., hold 8 ft. 6 inches, measurement 47 tons. She has an 18 by 20 inch engine made by Donaldson & Polley, and a Riter boiler, 6 ft. 8 inches by 13 ft. She is owned by Nelson Boutin of Bayfield, Wis. and will be used chiefly by her owner's fish trade on Lake Superior Her unusual width gives her plenty of deck room for storage purposes. She is of Notter's best build, and better could be said of no tug. She will leave in a cuple of days and her master will be Capt. Thomas Bunker.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 17, 1882 3-6

      The new tug N. BOUTIN appeared in the harbor yesterday, and was generally admired. She will likely leave for Bayfield today.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      April 22, 1882 3-9

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Nelson Boutin (Tug), 15 Apr 1882