The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 11 May 1904

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Tug Bruce Burns. The tug Bruce of Ford River caught fire at Escanaba Wednesday and now lies at the bottom. The craft was moored at Reiss Coal Company's dock when fire started around the boiler. The flames soon got beyond control and the tug was towed onto the bank and scuttled. The tug on filling with water suddenly gave a lurch, slid off the bank and went to the bottom in forty feet of water. William King, the fireman, who had been detained on board, was drawn down with the boat, and becoming entangled in the debris from the sinking tug, narrowly escaped death. After being under water nearly three minutes he reached the surface and was picked up. It is thought the machinery of the craft can be saved. The Bruce was the property of the Ford River Lumber Co., and did service on Little Bay de Noquette. She was built at Grand Haven, Mich., in 1883. She was rebuilt at this port a couple of years ago. The loss is covered by insurance.

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11 May 1904
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.83416 Longitude: -87.37704
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Door County Advocate (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 11 May 1904