The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Michael Davitt (Tug), sunk, 4 May 1904

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      The MICHAEL DAVITT Struck a Pile in Welland River And Sank.
Niagara Falls, Ont., May 5. - The tug MICHAEL DAVITT of Buffalo lies on the bottom of the Welland River, at Montrose, under 15 feet of water, with a badly damaged bottom. She was going from Buffalo to Welland and struck a sunken pile in the North Channel at Montrose bridge.
She was beached and the pumps put to work, but she went to the bottom in 40 minutes. Crew and passengers had to swim for their lives. Capt. John Poore was in command, and Mr. Manley, one of the owners, was aboard.
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      The MICHAEL DAVITT was one of the largest tugs at the port of Buffalo, measuring 52 feet keel, 15 feet beam. It was of 24 gross tonnage and 12 net tonnage, Captain John Poore was the only Buffalo man aboard the ill-fated craft. Others of the crew were from Canada.
      The DAVITT was built here in 1885 and has been operated here and in Tonawanda. The tug was sold to McAuliff & Morley of Port Robinson several weeks ago.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, May 5, 1904

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The owners of the tug MICHAEL DAVITT of Buffalo, have brought suit against the County of Welland for $1,200, the amount of damages claimed to be due for repairs to the tug. Some time ago the tug struck a pile and sunk while running in the Welland River.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, June 14, 1904

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.05012 Longitude: -79.13288
William R. McNeil
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Michael Davitt (Tug), sunk, 4 May 1904