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Frank Moffatt (Propeller), U9845, boiler explosion, 1 Nov 1885


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BLOWN TO ATOMS.
A terrible accident occurred at Sombra, Ont., opposite Marine City, about 2 o'clock Sunday morning. The tug FRANK MOFFAT, of Moffat's Tug Line, with four lumber laden barges in tow, while effecting a landing at a dock on account of thick weather, exploded her boiler, completely demolishing the boat and killing four and injuring others of the crew, consisting of 10 men and one woman. The noise of the explosion was distinctly heard and the shock keenly felt in Sombra. The killed were first engineer Ward, second engineer William Miller, Walter Fisher and James Reilley. Frank Furtah was terribly scalded and died yesterday.
      Saginaw Courier-Herald
      Tuesday, November 3, 1885

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The boiler of the tug FRANK MOFFAT exploded while the tug lay at the dock at Sombra, opposite Marine City, about 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Five were killed and injured. The tug sank immediately, the force of the explosion was so great that the boiler was forced to the bow of the boat and stood on end, the sides of the boat were blown out and the entire boat wrecked. The FRANK MOFFAT was built in 1869 by Capt. E. Fitzgerald at his shipyard here for George Brockway, Henry McMorran and Capt. James Moffat. At the time of the disaster she was owned by the Moffat Tug Association.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, November 2, 1885

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      Workmen are engaged in raising the engine of the wrecked tug FRANK MOFFAT and blasting the hull.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, December 1, 1885

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      Tug FRANK MOFFATT, of Port Huron, of 122 tons, built 1869. Became a total loss November 1, 1885 by explosion at Sombra. Amount of loss $7,000.
      Total Losses during 1885
      Cleveland Leader
      December 7, 1885

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      The wreck of the tug FRANK MOFFAT, sunk at Sombra, is being removed by the Canadian Government.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, June 5, 1888

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steam screw FRANK MOFFATT. U.S. No. 9845. Of 122.55 tons gross; 69.55 tons net. Built 1869 at Port Huron, Mich. Home port, Port Huron, Mich. 101.3 x 20.9 x 11.4 of 300 nominal horse power.
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885
     


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Reason: boiler explosion
Lives: 4
Hull damage: $7,000
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1885
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Local identifier:
McN.W.17526
Language of Item:
English
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.71677 Longitude: -82.48313
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Frank Moffatt (Propeller), U9845, boiler explosion, 1 Nov 1885