The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 6, 1894

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Now For A Whaleback Tug

Chicago, May 5. - Plans have been made for a whaleback tug to be operated as an outside boat here. This craft will be 100 feet long and will have a compound engine, 40 and 20 by 36 inch stroke, and a boiler to carry 175 pounds of steam. The machinery will all be below deck and all the projections above deck will be a turret for a pilot house, the smokestack and a companion aft. A rail will be run around the deck to keep the crew from slipping off. A passageway will be made from the after cabin to a companion way entering the pilot house, so that the crew can go from one end of the boat to the other without going outside in rough weather. The boat will be lighted by electricity and will have steam steering gear.

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I'd be happy to be wrong, but I don't think this tug was ever built, though the plans seem fairly well along. The rounded deck with a rail "to keep the crew from slipping off" doesn't seem like that good of an idea on an open-lake tug where all the work is done on deck.
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May 6, 1894
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), May 6, 1894