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G. J. Dorr (Propeller), U85890, sunk, 24 Sep 1899

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Chicago, Sept. 25 - The tug J.G. DORR foundered in a storm 8 miles off South Chicago at 5:00 yesterday afternoon, the crew of 4 men succeeded in getting to land aboard a scow that the DORR had in tow.
      They drifted ashore 22 miles west of Michigan City and succeeded in getting to land from the scow by jumping in the surf and being carried up on the beach.
The lost tug was owned by the O.B. Greene Dredging Co. of Chicago She was simply swamped in the sea, and went down without a warning.
      The crew had no time to save anything.
      Cleveland Plain Dealer
      September 26, 1899 8-2

Tug G.J. DORR foundered near South Chicago, Lake Michigan on September 24, 1899. Owned by O.B. Green Dredge Co., of Chicago. Approx., value of loss $5,000
      Casualty List for 1899 [total loss]
      Marine Review
      December 21, 1899
      When the lake storm of Sunday night was at its height, the tug J.C. DORR, bound from Michigan City to Chicago was abandoned and sank about 8 miles off South Chicago. The crew transferred to one of the scows, and finally landed 22 miles west of Michigan City.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, September 26, 1899

      Steam screw G.J. D0RR.* U.S. No. 85890. Of 26.23 tons gross; 13.12 tons net. Built at Saugatuck, Mich. in 1885. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 56.8 x 14.4 x 6.8
      * formerly Steam screw GERTRUDE.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1896

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Reason: sunk
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
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G. J. Dorr (Propeller), U85890, sunk, 24 Sep 1899