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William. A. Moore (Propeller), U26244, capsized, 1 May 1871

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Propeller tug W.A. MOORE, capsized on Saginaw Bay while towing a raft;
      Marine Disasters of the Western
      Lakes 1871, Capt. J.W. Hall

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      The tug WILLIAM A. MOORE which left Bay City last Tuesday afternoon to tow a raft to Detroit, is sunk in 30 feet of water in Saginaw Bay, when about four miles from Pine River. At the latter place she seems to have taken on so much fuel that she became top heavy and was unable to stand up in the rough weather which prevailed. The crew, together with the Captain's wife, and child, clung to the smokestack through the weary hours of the night and were rescued from their perilous position on Wednesday morning by the tug COLEMEN. The MOORE lies in an even position with her bow out of water, and can soon be raised.
      Port Huron Times
      June 29, 1871

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      TUG MOORE RAISED. - The tug W.A. MOORE, which capsized some days since and sunk, near Rifle River, has been raised, and according to one report, taken into Bay City for repairs, which will cost about $5,000. A later report says the MOORE is on the way to Detroit, in tow of the propeller ADRIATIC.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, July 7, 1871

Steam screw W.A. MOORE. U. S. No. 26244. Of 153.54 tons gross. 250 horse-power. Home port, Detroit, Mich.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871

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Reason: capsized
Lives: nil
Remarks: Recovered
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.75002 Longitude: -83.66664
William R. McNeil
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William. A. Moore (Propeller), U26244, capsized, 1 May 1871