The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
George R. Hand (Propeller), U10998, aground, 1 Aug 1886

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      Marquette, Aug. 11. - Capt. Morley of the W.H. STEVENS, which called here today on her way down, reported the tug GEORGE HAND as on the rocks at Rock Harbor, Isle Royale. She has been abandoned by her crew, whose whereabouts is not known. The lighthouse keeper there has visited her and found her lying on one side and filled with water. A small lighter was alongside.
      The Detroit Tribune
      Thursday, August 12, 1886

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The tug HAND has struck a rock at Isle Royale, Lake Superior, and has sunk. The crew is reported missing.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, August 11, 1886
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      The captain and crew of the tug HAND are safe, but the tug is a total wreck. The boilers of the tug have been taken out and placed on the schooner L.L. LAMB
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, August 17, 1886

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Port Huron.---The boiler and engine of the wrecked tug GEORGE HAND was sold at U. S. Marshal sale to Runnels & McMurran for $500. It is now lying on the dock at the P.H. & N.W. R.R.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. Oct. 27, 1887 p. 5

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      Henry McMorran and D.N. Runnels bought the engine and boiler of the tug GEORGE HAND at the U. S. Marshall's sale this noon for $500.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Monday, October 17, 1887.

Steam screw GEORGE HAND. U.S. No. 10998. Of 24.79 tons gross; 12.40 tons net. Built 1868 at Buffalo, N.Y. Home port, Algonac, Mich. 54.2 x 10.6 x 6.1
      Merchant Vessel List, U.S., 1886

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 48.00044 Longitude: -88.83341
William R. McNeil
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George R. Hand (Propeller), U10998, aground, 1 Aug 1886