The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Maria Melvin (Tug), 29 Apr 1881

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Along the Docks.
      The steamer KINGSFORD, lumber laden, which arrived this morning with the schooner DELAWARE in tow from Brockville, ran ashore at 12 o'clock Wednesday at Johnson's Light, off Thousand Island Park. The DELAWARE was brought alongside and the KINGSFORD's deckload was put on the DELAWARE. the KINGSFORD backed uninjured at noon Thursday.
      Capt. J. Redford's new tug, the ELIZA J. REDFORD, was successfully launched at 6 P.M. yesterday. The REDFORD is 65 feet over all, 14 1/12 feet beam with depth of hold 7 feet 9 inches. She is a fine looking boat, of the best timber, well ironed. 'Brow' Morgan was the boss-carpenter. She will have MELVIN's boiler, engine and machinery put in her immediately and will be ready for business in about two weeks. She will class A 1.
      Oswego Palladium
      Friday, April 29, 1881

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Maria Melvin (Tug), 29 Apr 1881