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Paddy Murphy (Tug), fire, 25 Apr 1888

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An agent of Maytham's line will start for Cleveland to bring the new purchase, the tug PADDY MURPHY to Buffalo, the latter part of this week.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 24, 1888 3-6

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      Last night Capt. Thomas Maytham received a telegram from Thos. Axworthy of Cleveland, that the Captain's new purchase, the tug PADDY MURPHY, burned to the waters edge 12 miles west of Cleveland while towing in the schooner REPUBLIC to Lorain. The hull is a total loss, though a part of the machinery may be saved. The tug was covered by a fire risk of $3,000.

      Additional despatches received at Maytham's tug office this afternoon states that the tug PADDY MURPHY lies in Dover Bay, 14 miles west of Cleveland in 9 ft. of water on a sandy bottom. The question as to whether the Maythams or her late owner must stand the loss is a nice point for future consideration. It was agreed by Mr. Axworthy, so it is understood here, that she should only be used for harbor business till the weather was such that she could be brought here. The tug burned in the lake.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 25, 1888 3-4

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      Capt. Thomas Maytham is in Cleveland and will probably make an effort to release what remains of the burned tug PADDY MURPHY from Dover Bay.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 27, 1888 3-5

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      Thomas Axworthy, of Cleveland, offers the machinery of the burned tug PADDY MURPHY for sale. He has refunded the money which Capt. Maytham paid for her and will stand the loss.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      May 15, 1888 3-7

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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Paddy Murphy (Tug), fire, 25 Apr 1888