The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
D. N. Runnels (Tug), 13 Apr 1890

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Several thousand people thronged 7th street bridge, the docks in the vicinity and several vessels lying in Black River to watch the launch of the D.N. RUNNELS Saturday afternoon. The boat was built on Mr. Runnels dock at the north end of the 7th streey bridge. To successfully launch the tug, it necessitated a jump of about 6 feet to the river. The staging from around the boat was removed and when everything was in readiness ship carpenter Perry, who built her, stationed two men with axes at either end and on a given signal both lines were cut and the little craft slid gracefully from the ways into the water and the launch was a success. As the tug touched the water the flag at her bow was unfurled and the name D.N. RUNNELS floated to the breeze. The tug will be ready for business about May 1. Commodore Runnels distributed a large number of oranges among the crowd.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, April 11, 1890

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D. N. Runnels (Tug), 13 Apr 1890