The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Charmer (Propeller), U25673, sunk, 1 Aug 1883

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The cabin and pilot-house of the Tug CHARMER, which sunk Sunday, has washed ashore at South Chicago. If the East wind continues she will likely go to pieces. Chicago Report
      Marine Record
      Aug. 16, 1883

The sunken tug CHARMER is owned by the engineer, John Tunnison, who maintains that he and Captain Johnson were the only persons on board who got wet. They stuck to their posts until the last moment, and it was through their efforts that there was no sacrifice of life. This is corroborated by the passengers, who praise the officers in the highest terms. Thanks and deep gratitute are also expressed towards the officers of the METEOR and CUPID, which craft went to the rescue. Mr. Tunnison hopes to be able to recover the CHARMER, and will commence operations at the sunken craft at once. There was no insurance on her.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Aug./Dec., 1883

The tug CHARMER has been raised and will be repaired at South Chicago
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, Aug., 1883

Steam screw CHARMER. U. S. No. 125673. Of 16.59 tons gross; 8.30 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1878. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 50.6 x 11.2 x 4.6.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885

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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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Charmer (Propeller), U25673, sunk, 1 Aug 1883