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Comet (Tug), U125978?, aground, 22 Oct 1900

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The tug COMET left Buffalo Monday (10/22) for Parry Sound and when off Hoover Reef, about 18 miles from the Grand River she went ashore. A dispatch for a tug was sent to Buffalo last night and the DUNBAR started out. The COMET is reported full of water.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 24, 1900 7-3

The tug DUNBAR returned last evening from the wreck of the tug COMET with the shipwrecked crew on board. The COMET lies sunk in 5 ft. of water on Hoover's Reef, off Selkirk, Ontario. Capt. Brennan in relating the story of the sinking of his tug said he had made several stops to "patch up," but finally the leak became so large that the tug sank.
The owners of the COMET, C.A. Ward and Howard Lynch of Lockport, left on the DUNBAR this morning to the scene of the wreck. The sunken tug is valued at $1,000, and is uninsured.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 25, 1900 11-3

Buffalo, October 24. -- The tug COMET, which was bought at Tonawanda and left for Depot Harbor Monday night, is sunk on Hoofer's Reef, near Selkirk, Ont. The tug was in charge of Capt. Thomas Breman, Engineer S.A. Parish and fireman Arthur Judd. When the boat struck the reef the whistle was blown for assistance and a man living on the beach rowed a mile and a half in a small boat and took the crew ashore. They were later brought back to Buffalo. The tug DUMBAR will leave tonight for the scene of the accident and will pump the boat out and bring her back.
      Detroit Free Press
      October 26, 1900

The tug COMET of Buffalo, which was wrecked 2 weeks ago on the Candadian shore about 50 miles from this port, has gone to pieces.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 10, 1900 9-3

Buffalo, November 2. -- After a careful review of the testimony they have taken, the local steamboat inspectors have revoked the license of Capt. Thomas Brennan, of the tug COMET, which recently stranded on Hoover's Point in Lake Erie and subsequently became a total loss.....
      Detroit Free Press
      November 3, 1900

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $1,000
Cargo: nil
Freight: nil
Remarks: Total loss
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.81683 Longitude: -79.93294
William R. McNeil
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Comet (Tug), U125978?, aground, 22 Oct 1900