The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
A. Mosher (Tug), sunk, 1 Feb 1881

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The tug A. MOSHER, which suffered damage to her bows while endeavoring to break the large schooner QUEEN CITY out of the ice in Illinois Central C Slip, the other day, filled and settled upon the bottom in thirteen feet of water at 7 o'clock Monday evening, just as one of the steamers of the Fire Department reached the dock with the view of rendering assistance. The MOSHER went down alongside of two vessels moored below Chicago Avenue bridge, leaving about half her upper works visible above water. Lines leading to the vessel on one side and the tug FLOSSIE THIELCKE on the other kept her in an upright position. Wednesday every aperture in her upper works were securely battened; a steam pump was next placed upon the house abaft the dome, steam was taken from the dome of the FLOSSIE THIELCKE through a rubber hose, and by 4 o'clock in the afternoon everything was working satisfactorily, with a fair prospect that the MOSHER would be afloat by midnight.
      Cleveland Herald
      Saturday, February 26, 1881

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The tug A. MOSHER, which sustained serious damage while breaking ice at Chicago, and subsequently sunk, has been raised and placed in dry dock for repairs.
      Cleveland Herald
      Monday, February 28, 1881

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Reason: sunk
Lives: nil
Remarks: Raised
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 41.85003 Longitude: -87.65005
William R. McNeil
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A. Mosher (Tug), sunk, 1 Feb 1881