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George H. Notter (Propeller), burnt, 1 Aug 1861

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NOTTER, GEORGE Propeller Tug, burnt on Lake Michigan, total loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Jan. 22, 1862 Casualty List, 1861

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LOSS OF THE TUG NOTTER BY FIRE ON LAKE MICHIGAN.---The tug NOTTER has been engaged during the season in connection with the dredge of Captain Sims in clearing the bar outside of Grand Haven for the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway Company, and went out on Friday to tow the wrecked schooner TOLEDO to Milwaukee for repairs.
The schooner was loaded with lumber. The tug was discovered to be on fire forward of the boiler at two o'clock in the afternoon, and though but fifteen miles from shore, all efforts to run her ashore or extinguish the fire proved unavailing. The engineer, Joseph Ruoff, of Milwaukee, clung to her to the last and went down with her. He was a young man and is supposed to be married. The tug was commanded by Captain John Sims, and owned by Elias Sims, both of Milwaukee. There was no insurance.-----Detroit Free Press
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      September 2, 1861

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.68473 Longitude: -86.53036
William R. McNeil
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George H. Notter (Propeller), burnt, 1 Aug 1861