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N. P. Sprague (Propeller), U130038, sunk, 22 Jul 1884

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N.P. SPRAGUE, Propeller Tug. Home port, Cleveland. On July 22, 1884, tug sunk off Point Au Pelee, Lake Erie, with no cargo, and became a total loss. Hull loss $10,000. Insurance $7,000.
      Disasters to Lake Shipping, 1884
      Cleveland Herald
      November 28, 1884

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      Capt. George McLeod has returned from Cleveland after making an examination of the tug SPRAGUE, sunk in Pigeon Bay. He found her listed over and badly twisted out of shape. Many bolts are drawn through on her port side; her cabin is entirely gone, while her hull is broken and has 9 feet of water in the inside with about 12 on the outside. Her boiler and engine may be taken out, but nothing else is apparently recoverable from the wreck.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 28, 1884 3-6

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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. Foundered Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie July 23, 1884.
      Herman Runge List

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Reason: sunk
Hull damage: $10,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
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N. P. Sprague (Propeller), U130038, sunk, 22 Jul 1884