The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Home (Tug), 9 Apr 1861

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TUG LAUNCH. -- A fine A 1 tug , to be called the HOME, will be launched from the yard of her builders, Messrs. Jones & Hardison, of this city, tomorrow afternoon. This tug, named after one of our most reliable Lake Underwriting Insurance Companies, is owned by W. Cook & Son, is 66 feet long, 14 feet beam, 7 feet 9 inches hold, and will register about 66 tons. She was built of the very best material, heavily framed, and bottomed with 3 1/2 inch plank. Her deck planks are four inches in thickness. She is well "kneed off," and her model in every part is exceedingly graceful. Her engine and machinery were furnished by David Bell. The former is built of best Philadelphia iron, with a 16 by 22 inch cylinder. The boiler is 5 1/2 by 11 feet shell. The wheel is six feet in diameter, and of Philadelphia pattern.
      The tug will draw 6 1/2 feet of water, and will compare with any similar craft extant in the Creek for speed and availability. The line of harbor tugs controlled by the Messrs. Cook, now comprise the H. M. MARTIN, O. L. SWIFT, and HOME
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 8, 1861

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Home (Tug), 9 Apr 1861