The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mocking Bird (Tug), fire, 12 Jul 1890

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The tug MOCKING BIRD, lying at her dock at Cheboygan, was discovered to be on fire at 2 o'clock this morning, and before the crew, who were asleep, could realize the situation, the boat was wrapped in flames and was drifting down the stream, having burned her lines off. The crew escaped by jumping off and were picked up by the tug STROHN. The STROHN made a line fast to the floating boat and pulled her back to the dock, thus averting a terrible conflagration.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Saturday, July 12, 1890

Tug MOCKINGBIRD caught fire at Cleveland Saturday and burned to the water's edge. Damage $10,000. Some of the crew jumped into the water to escape.
      Buffalo Evening News
      July 14, 1890
The Bay City Dry Dock Company is engaged in rebuilding the tug MOCKING BIRD, recently burned at Cheboygan and now owned by the Reid Towing and Wrecking Company
      Marine Review
      September 25, 1890

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Reason: fire
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.64696 Longitude: -84.47448
William R. McNeil
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Mocking Bird (Tug), fire, 12 Jul 1890