The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kate Moffatt (Propeller), U14127, fire, 30 May 1885

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The tug KATE MOFFAT burned to the water's edge at 1 o'clock Sunday morning while aground at Blur Point, three miles above Presque Isle Light. Captain B. Mosler says that they were on the Point at 12:30 during a heavy fog and had just got the boat down to sound when they discovered the fire coming up through around the stack, and in less than a minute she was enveloped in flames and burned to the water's edge, in spite of their efforts. She lies well off the mainland and quite out of reach.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, June 1, 1885

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      The tug KATE WILLIAMS, which left here a few days since for the machinery in the wreck of the KATE MOFFATT at Presque Isle, recovered all but the boilers, which will have to be raised by other appliances.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Saturday, July 10, 1886

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      The boiler of the burned tug KATE MOFFATT is being repaired at the Union Yard, Buffalo before being put in the tug GLADIATOR.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, July 23, 1886

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      Tug KATE MOFFAT of Detroit, and 214 tons; built 1864, burnt on May 30, 1885 at Presque Isle, Lake Huron. Total loss, no cargo. Value of loss $7,500.
      Losses on the Lakes, 1885
      Cleveland leader
      December 7, 1885

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Steam screw KATE MOFFAT. U.S. No. 14127. Of 214.11 tons gross; 152.82 tons net. Built 1862 at Port Huron, Mich. Home port, Detroit, Mich. 140.0 x 21.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1885
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      The Government steamer DAHLIA is reported to have struck the wreck of the KATE MOFFAT in the vicinity of Presuqe isle Sunday. The MOFFAT burned to the water's edge and sank there three years ago and since been a dangerous obstruction. She will no doubtbe located and removed for the benefit of shipping.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Friday, May 27, 1887

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $7,500
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
William R. McNeil
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Kate Moffatt (Propeller), U14127, fire, 30 May 1885