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Orient (Propeller), sunk, 4 Oct 1887

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The Tug ORIENT foundered near Point Pelee on Tuesday. Seven lost
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, October 7, 1887

ORIENT Propeller Tug, of 19 Tons. Built 1874. Home port, Marine City. Owned by Lyon. Classed A 2. On October 4, 1887, Tug foundered in Lake Erie, and became a total loss. Property loss, hull $6,000.
      1887 Casualty List (Total Loss)
      Marine Record, Dec. 15, 1887 p.4

      Detroit.---The tug ORIENT with all hands went down near Point au Pelee on the 4th. inst. She was seen flying a signal of distress by the tug OSWEGO, but the terrible storm prevented the latter from giving any assistance. Shortly before the ORIENT went down her crew were seen bailing with pails, but their efforts were unavailing in the face of the mountains of water momentarily breaking over her. Her fires were put out, and after helplessly tossing about she went down head first, carrying every living soul with her. The were, Daniel Lyons, master; John Davis, first engineer; Wm. Pangborn, second engineer; Ed Kayne, mate; P. Dollock, fireman, and Joseph Sharkey, steward. The crew all belonged to Marine City.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 13. 1887 p.1

Detroit.---It is now thought that there were seven men lost with the tug ORIENT, on this lake, the seventh man, whose name has not been heretofore known, being Thomas Genow, from near Marine City. He was nineteen years old and was employed as a deck hand.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 20, 1887 p.5

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Reason: sunk
Lives: 7
Hull damage: $6,000
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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Orient (Propeller), sunk, 4 Oct 1887