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T. C. Lutz (Propeller), U145718, aground, 7 Jul 1911

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      Washington, July 8. û The Marblehead, Ohio, life-saving station reported to the life saving service here today that the station crew had rescued at midnight eight men from the tug LUTZ while that vessel was sinking in Lake Erie, near Gull Island Reef.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Friday, July 7, 1911 1 - 8

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      Crew of Marblehead Life Saving Station Take Off The Men From Tug T. C. LUTZ.
Cleveland, July 8.--Life savers at the Marblehead Life Saving Station told over the long distance telephone today how they rescued the eight members of the crew of the tug T. C. LUTZ, which went aground half way between Kelley and Middle Islands in Lake Erie last night.
Watchers on Kelley island notified the life savers at 9:30 P. M. that the LUTZ was stranded. Seaman Ernest Hass and three others immediately put off in the power surf boat. It was 1:30 A. M. the next morning before they returned to Marblehead, bringing with them the crew of the tug.
The LUTZ left Cleveland yesterday bound for Toledo with the barge CONSTITUTION in tow. The latter was picked up by another tug and towed to Toledo. Capt. George Gilley commanded the LUTZ. He and his crew of seven are from Cleveland.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Sunday, July 9, 1911 25 - 3

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      Marine News.
The tug LUTZ which went aground in Lake Erie on Gull Island Reef, could not be moved with the united effort of three tugs. She is in no immediate danger
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, July 11, 1911

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The tug T. C. LUTZ, which for the past week, has been stranded on Gull Island reef, Lake Erie, was released yesterday afternoon, and is now being towed to Cleveland for repairs. She was released by means of a derrick. Huge chains were wound around her stern and she was lifted by the derrick, while two tugs pulled her off the reef. The extent of the damage cannot yet be estimated.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Monday, July 17, 1911

Steam screw T.C. LUTZ. U. S. No. 145718. Of 136 tons gross; 70 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill., 1896. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 82.4 x 21.5 x 12.0 Tow service. Crew of 7. Of 500 indicated horsepower.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1911

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Reason: aground
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    Latitude: 42.834722 Longitude: -79.522777
William R. McNeil
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T. C. Lutz (Propeller), U145718, aground, 7 Jul 1911