The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Douglas (Tug), 6 Jun 1872

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      Tug Launched. - Yesterday afternoon a new tug called The DOUGLAS was launched from the shipyard of David Bell. She is composite and the first vessel of the kind ever built on the lakes. Her frames, keelsons and deck-beams are of iron and the remainder of wood, three-inch oak planks being used in her construction. The dimensions are seventy feet in length, fifteen and one-half feet beam, and seven feet depth of hold. The engine has twenty one inch stroke and eighteen and one-half inch diameter of bore.
      This tug was built for Messrs. Douglas & Clarke, and will be used in the work on the new water works tunnel. - Buffalo Commercial.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 6, 1872

NOTE: The description of this as a "composite" vessel stretches the usual definition of the term considerably. Iron-framed vessels had been built on the Canadian side since the mid-fifties. However, the article does show the direction construction was taking during this era.

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Douglas (Tug), 6 Jun 1872