The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 26 Nov., 1883

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The Erie Belle, which was blown up at Kincardine last Thursday, was built by Reck [sic], of Cleveland, for an insurance company for wrecking purposes and was then called the Hector. She was taken to Boston, Mass., by Capt. Morgan, of Oswego, N. Y., and did towing one season at the port of Boston; came back to Oswego at the close of the war, and was purchased by Capt. C. H. Cary, of Detroit, and afterwards was purchased by Noah Whipple, of Detroit, and in whose possession she was when burned. The burnt hull and machinery were purchased by Capt. J. Laframboise (now of the tug Michigan) who rebuilt her at Walkerville and fitted her out for the route from Windsor to Pelee Island, to replace the Lake Breeze, burnt at Leamington. She was sunk at Kingsville shortly after being purchased by Odette & Wherry, by running against a schooner's anchor; part of her cabin was cut away, and she has been since used as a tug. A year ago last spring her boilers received a $2,000 repair, and the hull a thorough repair. When the Hector came out she was considered superior to anything in the tug line afloat, and no expense was spared by the insurance company. When the Hector she somewhat resembled the Frank Moffatt, but the Erie Belle was housed-in.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 26 Nov., 1883