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Fannie Tuthill (Propeller), U120130, sunk by collision, 1 Oct 1905

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Detroit, Mich., Oct. 2. -- As s result of the sinking of the tug FANNIE TUTHILL in a collision with an unknown steamer on Lake St. Clair late Sunday night, one member of the crew was drowned and 13 others barely escaped a like fate.
      Captain Adair was penned in the pilot house by escaping steam from the broken pipes and was badly burned before he could release himself. Fireman Harry Burr rescued three of the sleeping crew in a remarkable manner.
      The steamer that rammed the tug did not wait to see what was done and the steamers MARIPOSA and G.H. RUSSELL picked up all but the one missing man. He swam toward the CITY OF TOLEDO, but evidently did not reach the boat.
      The steamer D.C. WHITNEY is believed to be the colliding boat, but the report was not confirmed up to a late hour. The wreck is said to be a dangerous obstruction to navigation, lying in the channel across the lake.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 3, 1905

      WRECKED TUG WILL BE REMOVED TODAY - Detroit, Oct. 4. - The government boat this morning commenced to drag for the wreck of the tug TUTHILL, sunk in the channel below the Flats Canal. Wreckage today was floating half-a-mile below the can buoy which is located below the entrance to the canal. Capt. Adair, who was badly scalded when the tug was sunk, is still very low, but if pneumonia does not set in, it is believed he will recover.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 4, 1905


Detroit, Oct. 5. -- The sunken tug TUTHILL has been located by Government engineers about a mile below the gas buoy in Lake St. Clair and 200 feet to the westward of the center of the dredged channel. It lies in the direct course of downbound vessels. A white light marks it at night, and a day mark has also been placed.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 5, 1905

TUG TUTHILL ABANDONED. - Detroit, Oct. 6. - The tug TUTHILL, which was sunk at the St. Clair Flats by the steamer D.C. WHITNEY, has been battered by passing vessels until the wreck is not worth saving. The wreck was abandoned by the owner, John P. Nagle, of Toledo. It lies in 21 feet of water, with only 13 feet over some portions of the hull. Masters are requested not to carry away the buoy marking the site.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 6, 1905

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      Detroit, Oct. 17. - Bids for the removal of the tug FANNIE TUTHILL, sunk in Lake St. George (sic), were opened yesterday by the United States Engineer. The Reid Wrecking Company were the lowest of four bidders, their figure being $450.
      Buffalo Evening News
      October 17, 1905

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Steam screw FANNIE TUTHILL. U. S. No. 120130. of 27 tons gross; 13 tons net. Built East Saginaw, Mich., 1873. Home port, Toledo, Ohio. 60.3 x 14.5 x 6.9 Crew of 4.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1904.
Steam screw FANNIE TUTHILL. U. S. No. 120130. of 27 tons gross. Built 1873. On October 1, 1905 vessel collided with steam screw D.C. WHITNEY at St. Clair Flats canal, Mich. With 4 persons on board. One life lost.
      Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year, 1906

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Fannie Tuthill (Propeller), U120130, sunk by collision, 1 Oct 1905