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Frank Geele (Propeller), U120120, burnt, 28 Aug 1887

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Propeller Tug FRANK GEELE, of 12 Tons. Built 1872, Home port, Muskegon, owned by Barry Bros and classed B 1. On August 28, 1887 Tug burned on Lake Michigan and became a total loss. Property loss $3,000
      1887 Casualty List (total loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

      The Harbor tug FRANK GALE, owned by Barry Bros., was burned last night at Muskegon.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, August 29, 1887

NOTE:--FRANK GEELE is the proper name

Muskegon.---H.J. Footlander, of old shipbuilding fame at this port, last week made an inspection of the tugs COMMODORE JACK BARRY, and FRANK GEELE, recently badly damaged by fire, on behalf of the owners and insurance companies, and his decision as to results gave entire satidfaction to all parties.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 15, 1887 p.1

      Muskegon.---The tug FRANK GEELE was burned to the water's edge Monday night while towing the schooner THOMAS HUME. The fireman and cook jumped into the lake and were rescued by a boat from the schooner. The captain and engineer were taken off by a passing tug. The GEELE sunk and is a total loss. She was owned by Barry Bros. Valued at $3,000, and insured for $2,000. The GEELE was 12 tons, built at Sheboygan by Nevels in 1872, rebuilt in 1881 and hailed from Pt. Sherman. Barry Bros., of Muskegon, have lost two tugs by fire within forty-eight hours. Sunday night the tug GEELE burned and sunk in Muskegon Lake, and Tuesday morning the tug JACK BARRY was burned to the water's edge, within a short distance of where the GEELE went down. The BARRY was valued at $5,000. Both boats were insured.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Sept. 1, 1887 p.5

Steam screw FRANK GEELE. U. S. No. 120120. Of 24.75 tons gross; 12.38 tons net. Built at Sheboygan, Wis., in 1872. Home port, Muskegon, Wis. 50.0 x 12.0 x 5.6
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1886

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Reason: burnt
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $3,000
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 43.23418 Longitude: -86.24839
William R. McNeil
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Frank Geele (Propeller), U120120, burnt, 28 Aug 1887