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George H. Notter (Propeller), sunk, 22 Jul 1868

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer of yesterday gives the following account of the loss of the tug NOTTER, by which one man lost his life and 2 others were badly scalded.
      This morning about 4:00, the tug NOTTER, of this port, went into the lake to tow the bark CONSTITUTION. A line was given her, and when at the mouth of the river the bark swung around towards the west pier. As she did so, Capt. Wetzel of the tug NOTTER, attempted to draw her off, but the line attached to the vessel suddenly parted, the tug was thrown upon her side; and before she could recover herself filled with water, turned completely over, and sank immediately There were 4 person on board, Leonard Wetzel the Captain, John Wetzel, his brother; Philip Wetzel, the engineer, and a German, the fireman named David Wolgemitz. As the tug went over all those on board except the fireman were enabled to escape, but he, being in the hold, went down with the wreck and was drowned. He was a single man, leaving a mother who resides in Brooklyn. John Wetzel was very badly burned by escaping steam, and the captain was also burned by the fire from the boiler. The tug was insured for $5,000 and will probably prove a total loss, though she may be raised. Her upper works floated off soon after she sank, and they are saved.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      July 23, 1868 3-3

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      Cleveland, O., July 22. -- The tug F. W. NOTTER capsized and sank at the mouth of the river this morning. The fireman, named Wolgemits, was drowned. Johne Wetzel was badly scalded by escaping steam.
      Chicago Tribune
      Thursday, July 23, 1868
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THE TUG 'NOTTER' -- The tug NOTTER, which sank a few days since at Cleveland, has been raised and placed in dry dock. Her upper works are badly damaged.
      Chicago Tribune
      Saturday, July 25, 1868

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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
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George H. Notter (Propeller), sunk, 22 Jul 1868