Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Sea Gull (Propeller), 1888
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A long, rakish craft, having the appearance, somewhat, of a revenue cutter, with two spars and a sky-scraping smokestack, was seen to slowly poke her way up the river about 5:20 o'clock last night, and make a landing at Young Bros.' wharf. It was the tug Sea Gull, purchased by the Reid Towing Company, of this city, at New York last winter and brought to the lakes for the purpose of raft towing. She came into the river yesterday with a raft of
5,000,000 feet of logs, which she brought from St. Igance, having started her way down ten days ago. The Sea Gull is a monster craft of her class, and her like has never been seen in the Saginaw River. She has great power, and will make a splendid boat for towing after she has been housed in forward and a reef taken in her smokestack. She has a capacity for carrying 600 tons of fuel. She throws a twelve-foot wheel and draws sixteen feet of water. She will remain in port two weeks. - [Bay City Tribune.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 21, 1888
NOTE: SEA GULL (US22098), was built at Mystic, Connecticut, in 1863 as a brig and was 147x33x10, 521 gt. She burned and sank in the Straits of Mackinac, near Bois Blanc Island, in May of 189

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Sea Gull (Propeller), 1888