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George R. Hand (Tug), U85663, 26 Feb 1881

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The new tug built at Buffalo by Captain C. Gibson has been purchased by Captain George Hand for his line. She measures 69 feet long by 15 feet and 9 inch beam, with a depth of hold of 8 feet 9 inches. She has an engine with a cylinder of 18 inches bore and 20 inches stroke, and a return flue boiler which is 6½ feet in diameter and 12½ feet long. The complete cost of the tug is $8,500.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, February 26, 1881

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The tug GEORGE R. HAND was launched at Buffalo Saturday. Her present owners are Captain A. Briggs, Captain George R. Hand, and Captain Austin Hand. She measures sixty-seven feet over all, sixteen feet beam, and eight and one-half feet depth of hold. Her engine will have a eighteen-inch cylinder, with a twenty-inch stroke
      Cleveland Herald
      Wednesday, April 20, 1881

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HAND, GEORGE R. Tug of 34 tons. Built Buffalo by Gibson in May 1881. Owned by Briggs et al. Home port. Value $8,500. Class A 1. Remarks -- Tug. U. S. No. 85663
      Inland Lloyds Vessel Classification, 1882

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George R. Hand (Tug), U85663, 26 Feb 1881