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Lorenzo Demick (Tug), U140649, 4 Sep 1883

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The new harbor tug LORENZO DIMICK made a trial trip yesterday afternoon under joyous auspices. Capt. J.J. Rardon was the officer in command and Capt. Michael Carr was at the wheel. Among the jolly party aboard were the following named: Lorenzo Dimick, P.V. Carroll, D.F. Tabor of Ithaca, J.H. Baker, E.H. Peck, A.A. Swan, J.S. Homer, L.P. Nickerson, Richard Dimick, George Efner, L.J. Neff, L.N. Dimick, C.D. Ellis and many others. The start was made from the Union Steamboat Co.'s dock, and after a short run up the river the DIMICK headed for the lake and went out about 20 miles. On her return she met the stm. MORLEY, and easily left the latter behind. A lively brush was had afterwards with the tug EDWARD FISKE, which let go a tow, and those aboard the DIMICK claim that in a run of about 2 miles she beat the FISKE by 4 lengths. Returning into the river she again steamed up the stream, and when passing the tug office was hailed with the liveliest sort of whistling from many tugs and steamers. A landing was soon afterwards made near the starting point. The guests were treated to plenty of refreshments aboard, and voted the trial trip a thorough success. The DIMICK was built by Capt. Samuel Gibson and is owned by Thomas R. Ryan. She has an unusually fine model for a tug, and it was generally remarked that she goes through the water more easily than any other tug here. She is staunchly built, well arranged and furnished, and as she is painted in Hand's colors , black and green, she makes really a handsome appearance. Her engine is 18 1/2 by 21 inches, came from Philadelphia, where it has been used a few years, but with an overhauling by Sutton it is practically as good as new. The boiler is 13 by 7 ft. and has a steel fire surface; it is also from Philadelphia and was put in first class condition by Sutton; it was heated to 129 pounds, and is allowed 80 pounds steam. On this the engine made yesterday 140 turns and everything worked nicely. It is evident that the DIMICK will prove a handy and useful tug . She was named for the well known insurance agent on Central Wharf, a member of the firm of Crosby & Dimick, who represent the Continental, Thames & Mersey, State of Pennsylvania and Union of Philadelphia companies. Capt. Michael Carr will handle the new boat, and she will run in the Hand & Johnson line.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 4, 1883 1-10

The new harbor tug LORENZO DIMICK has been sold by Thomas Ryan to James Ash and Capt. Johjn Johnson for $8,700, each holding a half interest . She is a valuable acquisition to Hand & Johnson's line.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      September 17, 1883 1-10

Steam screw LORENZO DEMICK. U. S. No. 140649. Of 42.34 tons gross; 21.17 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1883. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 65.8 x 16.0 x 8.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Lorenzo Demick (Tug), U140649, 4 Sep 1883