TUG BELLE KING SUNK
Sandusky, April 30. - Last evening the tug BELLE KING, Patchen, of Toledo, owner, from Toledo to Sandusky, with dredge and mud scows in tow, struck a reef west of Old Hen and Chickens and immediately sunk. All hands were saved by jumping on the mud scow which ran alongside. Capt. Magie, of the EAGLE, lying in Put-in-Bay, steamed up, ran out, and towed the dredge and scow in. Tug a total loss.
May 1, 1877
On Sunday the tug BELLE KING in entering Put-in-Bay struck the reef on Peach Point, close to Gibraltar, and sprung a leak. She filled rapidly and was swept over the reef and went down out of sight. Her crew fortunately escaped to the dredge which she was towing and were saved.
Wednesday, May 2, 1877
The BELLE KING which went to pieces at Put-in-Bay last Sunday night, was fourteen years old and owned by M.A. Patchin, of South Toledo and was valued at $3,000.
Friday, May 4, 1877
Four vessels departing from Toledo have had bad luck already this season, namely the schooner CAPRON, which got ashore on North Harbor Reef, wheat laden; the schooner G. M. NEELON, which, timber laden, got aground on one of the Sister Islands, and was released by the steamer JAY COOKE; the R. J. GIBBS, sunk in St. Clair River by propeller COLARADO, and the BELLE KING, which was lost at Put-in-Bay. They didn't all leave on Friday either.
May 11, 1877
The strange and exciting scene of a tug skimming across the water without a captain, wheelsman or engineer, is what a sailor claims to have seen when the BELLE KING was stranded at Put-in-Bay some weeks ago. A terrible storm was raging, and the tug was about to go under, when the crew, to save their lives, jumped overboard and were saved by another boat. Sailors who were passing in yet another vessel stated that the tug, when deserted, immediately righted, and wheeling short about, shot out into the lake, as her engines were still working when the crew left her. Suddenly she disappeared from view, although in the storm it was impossible to tell whether she sank or ran away out on the waste of waters.
July 20, 1877
Steamer BELLE KING. U. S. No. 2152. Of 17.63 tons. Home port, Cleveland, Ohio.
Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1871
The Tug BELLE KING, which sunk off Gibralter Island six years ago, has been found. She is owned by M. A. Patchen, of South Toledo. - Cleveland Report
August 23, 1883