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N. P. Sprague (Propeller), U130038, exploded boiler, 14 Nov 1857

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Prop. N.P. SPRAGUE, exploded near Detroit, killed 10. Property loss $17,000.
      Chicago Daily Press
      Casualty List for 1857

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      RAISING OF THE TUG NOAH P. SPRAGUE. - Mr. Quigley, the sub marine diver, made examinations of this tug, which, it will be recollected burst her boiler last fall, and sunk in the river, killing nine men. This occurred on the 14th. of November. During the examination, he found the body of a man in the forecastle, which he brought up and conveyed ashore. It is thought to be that of the wheelsman but was so much decomposed from ten months immersion that it was not recognizable. Long boots that came up to the knees were on the feet. An inquest was held by the Justice Purdy, which was adjorned until this morning, when the jury will meet at his office. Any person familiar with the deceased may then identify the clothing. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, September 25, 1858

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SALES.- The remains of the tug N.P. SPRAGUE were sold yesterday at Marshal's sale to Geo. H. Parker, of this city for $425. - Detroit Tribune.
      Buffalo Daily Courier
      Saturday, October 23, 1858

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      The tug NOAH P. SPRAGUE, which exploded and sunk opposite the city in November, 1857, and was raised last fall, has been rebuilt, and came out again yesterday looking as good as new. She has been thoroughly renovated, and is in all respects as good as a new tug. She leaves for Buffalo, where she will be absent about 2 weeks to complete her outfit, when she will return ready for towing again on the river.
      Detroit Free Press
      June 9, 1859

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Steam screw N.P. SPRAGUE. U. S. No. 130038. Of 186.46 tons gross; 93.23 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1874. Home port, Cleveland. O. 96.0 x 21.4 x 9.2.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
Steam screw tug NOAH P. SPRAGUE. U. S. No. 130038. Of 173 gross tons. Built at Buffalo, N.Y., in 1857 by F.W. Jones. 96.0 x 21.4 x 9.2. Sold foreign, Canadian from 1871 to 1874, then back to U. S.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: exploded boiler
Lives: 10
Hull damage: $17,000
Remarks: Raised
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 42.33143 Longitude: -83.04575
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N. P. Sprague (Propeller), U130038, exploded boiler, 14 Nov 1857