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Kate Moffatt (Propeller), U14127, fire, 31 May 1885

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The tug KATE WILLIAMS, which left here a few days since for the machinery in the wreck of the KATE MOFFATT at Presque Isle, recovered all but the boilers, which will have to be raised by other appliances.
      Detroit Tribune
      July 10, 1886

CHEBOYGAN.---The United States lighthouse tender DAHLIA is hard aground on the shore of lake Huron, near Presqu'Isle. The forest fires and the attendant dense smoke is the cause of the DAHLIA's grounding. She is injured, but particulars as to the extent of the damage are meager. The wrecker LEVIATHAN left early Tuesday morning and will endeavor to release her.
      The Marine Record
      May, 26, 1887

The Government steamer DAHLIA is reported to have struck the wreck of the KATE MOFFAT in the vicinity of Presqu'Isle Sunday. The MOFFAT burned to the water's edge and sank there three years ago and has since been a dangerous obstruction. She will no doubt be located and removed for the benefit of shipping.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, May 31, 1887

It is said that the U. S. Lighthouse tender struck the wreck of the burned tug KATE MOFFAT in the channel near Presqu'Isle, where she grounded recently, and suffered some damage. It would be well if the Government would take some cognizance of this fact and have the wreck removed by one of the revenue cutters.
      The Marine Record
      Thurs. June 2, 1887 p. 4

Steam screw KATE MOFFATT. U. S. No. 14127. Of 235 tons gross. Built Port Huron, 1864. First home port, Detroit, Mich. Lost 1885 by burning at Blue Point, Lake Huron, May 31, 1885. No lives lost.
      Merchant Steam Vessels of the U. S. A.
      Lytle - Holdcamper List, 1790 to 1868
Steam screw KATE MOFFATT. U. S. No. 14127. Of 214.11 tons gross; 152.82 tons net. Built at Port Huron, Mich., in 1862. Home port, Detroit. 140.0 x 21.0 x 10.0
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885
NOTE:-- KATE MOFFATT removed from Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1889

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  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.3514 Longitude: -83.48887
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Kate Moffatt (Propeller), U14127, fire, 31 May 1885