The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
C. L. Boynton (Propeller), U127037, 29 Jun 1894

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James mason of Buffalo, the well known builder of harbor tugas, is in the city arranging the plans for a new tug he is going to build for Thompson, Lynn and Boynton. She will be 97 feet long, 21 and a half feet beam and 11 foot hold. Her engine will be a compound 16 and 28 by 32 inch stroke. She will look something like the THOMPSON in build and will be the finest tug on fresh water.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, January 17, 1894
      C.D. Thompson's new tug will be built on the O'Neill lot, west of the Gas Works building.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, February 9, 1894
Most all the frames are up on the new tug building for Thompson and Lynn and the work will be pushed on her so she will be out by the last of May.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, March 7, 1894

      The Riverside Iron Works at Detroit received an order on Tuesday for a fore and aft compound engine for a tug building at Port Huron for Thompson, Boynton and Lynn. The cylinders will be 17 and 34 by 30 inch stroke.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, April 4, 1894

Thompson and Lynn have decided to name their new tug the CHARLES L. BOYNTON. It will be launched in about two weeks and taken to Detroit to receive engines and boilers.
      Port huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 8, 1894

Steam screw C.L. BOYNTON. U. S. No. 127037. Of 103.10 tons gross; 51.55 tons net. Built at Port Huron, Mich., in 1894. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 86.7 x 21.6 x 12.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1895
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      Great Lakes Vessels Index - Historical Collections of the Great Lakes - Bowling Green State University
Registry & Rig Information Item: 000787
Vessel Name: BOYNTON, C.L.
Nationality U.S.
Official Number: 127037
Rig: Tug

Dimensions & Tonnage
Vessel Length: 86.58 Gross Tonnage: 103.10
Vessel Width: 21.50 Net Tonnage: 51.55
Vessel Height 12.00 Hull Material: Wood
Masts: Hull Number: 00006

Builder Information
Place of Build: Port Huron, MI
Builder: Jenks Ship Building Co. (James Mason, Master Cptr)
Date of Build 1894

Name Changes
Vessel Name: Date: Registry Official #
UFASCO 1919 - 1940 U.S. 218953

Ownership Changes
Owner Name Date Registry Official #
Thompson Towing & Wrecking Co.
Port Huron, MI U.S. 1894 - 1900 U.S. 127037
Union Towing & Wrecking Co.
Duluth, MN U.S. 1900 - 1916 U.S. 127037
Nicholson Transit Co.
Detroit, MI U.S. 1916 - 1919 U.S. 127037
United Fuel & Supply Co.
Detroit, MI U.S. 1919 - 1931 U.S. 218953
Detroit Material & Transportation Co.
Detroit, MI U.S. 1931 - 1935 U.S. 218953
Crescent Barge Line
Harsens Island, MI U.S. 1935 - 1938 U.S. 218953
Sparkman D. Foster
Detroit, MI U.S. 1938 - 1940 U.S. 218953
Nicholson Transit Co.
Detroit, MI U.S. 1940 - 1940 U.S. 218953

Rebuild History
Vessel officially abandoned at Detroit on September 24, 1919. Rebuilt and enrolled as new vessel, 1919 (83.5 x 20.58 x 8.16; 90 gross - 61 net).

Dismantled at Detroit, MI, 1940; engine placed in tug LIBERTY.

First enrollment issued at Port Huron, MI, August 3, 1894.

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C. L. Boynton (Propeller), U127037, 29 Jun 1894