The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Minnie Morton (Tug), sunk, 2 Oct 1881

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Detroit, Mich., Oct. 2. -- As the tug JOHN OWEN was passing Bois Blanc island with a large raft this morning, the tail end swung round the head of the island and broke in two, part of the logs going down the American channel, and the part which remained with the tug going down the Canada channel. The logs got under the tug MINNIE MORTON, which was working at the sunken tug SWAIN, and carried her out into Lake Erie, where her bottom became damaged, and she sunk in six fathoms of water, and those on board barely escaped with their lives. A diving rig, belonging to James Quinn, who was a work on the SWAIN, was lost in the tug. The raft which the OWEN was towing is said to contain 4,000,000 feet.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, October 3, 1881

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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Minnie Morton (Tug), sunk, 2 Oct 1881