The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
James Gibney (Tug), 1 Aug 1873

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      A new tug, built by the Messrs. Carroll Bros., was trying her machinery on the river on Saturday. A small party enjoyed an excursion down the Niagara River in the afternoon. The tug bears the name of one of her owners, James Gibney. The other owner is John M. Laughlin. Her cylinder is 16 x 18, and in size the boat compares with the BRUCE and JONES. She rides the water gracefully and altogether her appearance is fine.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 1, 1873 3-5

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      The new steam tug JAMES C. GIBNEY, built for John M. Laughlin, by Carroll Bros., of this city, and launched last week from their yards, at the foot of Carolina St., made her trial trip on Saturday last. A large number of ladies and gentlemen were on board, and the occasion was made a very pleasant one, ample arrangements for the comfort of the guests having been made by Mr. Laughlin. The boat started from the foot of Main St. about 10:00 A.M., and as she steamed out of the harbor a general salute from the whistles of the tugs and propellers greeted her, making quite a commotion in the harbor. After visiting the different points of interest on the creek and taking a ride around the breakwater and out into Lake Erie a few miles, a run was made down the river to Sheenwater, where the party landed, and the ladies soon spread a bountiful lunch, to which full justice was done. An hour or 2 was spent fishing, and then the party returned to the city.
      Coming up the river, the power and speed shown by the vessel in stemming the heavy current were such a surprise the old lake men on board, and proved that she will more than meet the expectations of her owners and builders. She will be used here, in towing the largest class of vessels. The tug is under the command of Capt. John Whalen, whose large experience and reputation as a safe navigator as well as a most accommodating gentleman, must make the new tug immensely popular with all vessel owners.
      The Engelmann Transportation Co. have sold the props. MANISTEE and CITY OF FREEMENT, the former to the Duluth & South Shore Transportation Co. and the latter to Capt. Eber Ward. The price obtained was $50,000 for each boat. The CITY OF FREEMONT has already taken her place in Capt. Eber Ward's Lake Superior line. She cleared from this port Sept. 2d for Duluth.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 1, 1873 3-1

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James Gibney (Tug), 1 Aug 1873