The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary Mclean (Tug), U15578, fire, 7 Oct 1903

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Fire broke out in the hold of the tug MARY McLEAN last night while she was coming up the Niagara River from Tonawanda to Buffalo, and the vessel was totally destroyed. The tug left Tonawanda about 7 o'clock and when opposite Sour Spring Grove flames burst from the hold and the fireman rushed on beck. The tug was run on the beach just in time for the crew of four to escape. Efforts to extinguish the fire were futile, and the tug soon sank. She was owned by the Independent Towing Company of Buffalo, and was valued at about $5,000. Capt. O'Connor commanded her.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Thursday, October 8, 1903

Steam screw tug. MARY McLANE. U. S. No. 15578. Of 40.30 tons gross; 20.15 tons net. Built Chicago, Ill.,1868. Home port, Chicago, Ill. 55.0 x 15.0 x 7.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1891

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Reason: fire
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William R. McNeil
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Mary Mclean (Tug), U15578, fire, 7 Oct 1903