The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Superior (Propeller), aground, 1 Sep 1883

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The captain of the tug MARY ANN, which went from Collingwood to the assistance of the tug SUPERIOR, aground at the North Limestone Islands, gives the following account of the loss of that fine tug: She went aground Friday evening, loaded with freight and supplies for French River. She also had on board ten men, a man and his wife and child, who had to climb off on the rocks and reached the lighthouse at the Links in safety after a hard fight for life. Saturday the steambarge LOTHAIR came to her rescue and pulled at her, parting every line she tried. The next to come to her assistance was the MAYTHAM and scows, from Midland, and they also were unable to take her off. The wrecking tug MARY ANN was telegraphed for and went to her assistance, but found she had gone to pieces. She was valued at $6,500, built in 1882, and was owned by the British Canadian Lumber Company.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, September, 1883.

Steam screw SUPERIOR. Official Canada No. 80908. Of 93 tons gross; 89 tons reg. Built Owen Sound, Ont., 1882. Home port, Owen Sound, Ont. 90.0 x 18.3 x 10.0. Owned by R. Powers, of Barrie.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1886

SUPERIOR tug ? of 37 Tons, and 9 years of age, valued at $7,000. Became a total loss on Georgian Bay during 1883.
      Lost Tonnage on the Lakes in 1883.

SUPERIOR. Canadian tug, 134 n. t., built 1881 at Owen Sound. In commission
      "Hist., of the Great Lakes"
      by J.B. Mansfield
      . . . . .
      Registry Record 7 of 31
First Registration
Name: [ SUPERIOR ] Location: [OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO, CANADA ] Registriation: [ 1/1882 ] Date Registered: [ 1882/04/08 ] Official Number: [ 80908 ]
Original Building Information
Built By: [ JOHN SIMPSON ] Built At: [ OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO, CANADA ] Date Built: [ 1882 ] Length: [ 92.00 ] Beam: [ 18.30 ] Depth: [ 10.00 ] Gross: [ 88.51 ] Net: [ 70.81 ]
Vessel Description
Deck: [ ONE ] Type: [ CARVEL ] Stern: [ROUND ] Gallery: [NO ] Figure: [ NO ] Frame: [ WOOD ] Propulsion: [ STEAM SCREW ] Number of Masts: [ NO ] Type of Rig: [ NOT ]
First Engine
Type of Engine: [ COMPRESSOR ] Number of Engines: [ONE ] Date Built: [ 1882 ] Built by: [COPP BEVS, HAMILTON, ONTARIO ] Horsepower: [ 175 ]
Closing Information
Date Registration Closed: [ 1902/06/10 ] Date of Reason Closed: [1902 ] Reason Closed: [TRANSFERRED ] Place Closed: [ PORT ARTHUR, ONTARIO, CANADA ]
Source of Data
N.A.C., MG-40, D3 B.T., B-3718, 1882, VOL. 2 - OWEN SOUND
      Marine Museum of the Great lakes, at Kingston
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Steam screw SUPERIOR.* Official Canada No. 80908. Of 89 tons. Built Owen Sound, 1881. 81.0 x 20.0 x 11.8.
      * Renamed SUPERIOR TUG - Canada -
      A.B. CONMEE - Canada - C 138006 [broken up 1917]
      Herman Runge List

      A dispatch from parry Sound, dated Oct. 5th. says Henry Gould of Parry Harbor, was drowned yesterday while attempting to kill a large brown bear, assisted by the crew of the tug SUPERIOR. It seems the bear was swimming in the Sound just opposite Kilbear Point, when the tug gave chase.
      Barrie Northern Advance
      October 12, 1882

The new tug SUPERIOR which has been built by the Dry Dock and Shipbuilding was successfully launched on Saturday last and now lies in the river being fitted up. She will be one of the strongest and best tugs on the lakes. --- Owen Sound Advertiser
      Collingwood Enterprise
      November 3, 1881
Steam screw SUPERIOR. Official Canada No. 80908. Of 89 tons gross; 71 tons reg. Built at owen Sound, Ont., 1882. Home port, Owen Sound, Ont. 90.0 x 18.3 x 10.0. Owned by R. Power, of Barrie. Ont.
      List of Vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada, on December 31, 1886
NOTE: The casualty for SUPERIOR in 1883, assuming it was a total loss as suggested, could not then have been No. 80908 ?

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,000
Remarks: Total loss ?
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William R. McNeil
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Superior (Propeller), aground, 1 Sep 1883