On 10 June 1891, the tug AMERICAN EAGLE (wooden propeller tug, 46 gross tons, built in 1865, at Buffalo, New York) collided with the tug ALVA B (wooden propeller tug, 73 foot, 83 gross tons, built in 1890, at Buffalo, New York), which was not in motion, about 2.5 miles west of the Cleveland breakwater. The ALVA B hooked up a line and started towing the AMERICAN EAGLE in, but she sank a half-mile from the harbor entrance.
Number of Decks
Robert Scott, J. Carrol
Original Owner Location
Engine Number Boilers
Engine Number Propellers
1/2 mile from harbor entrance, Cleveland, OH.
Final Date Month
Final Date Day
Final Date Year
Collision with tug ALVA B., sank. Raised around Jul 1 cut through by salvagers’ chains. Machinery recovered later.
History and Notes
1865 Enrolled Buffalo, NY.
1867 Enrolled Milwaukee, WI.
1969, May 20 Owned Jas. Porter & Mary French, Milwaukee, WI.
1871 Owned James Porter, Manistee, MI.
1873 Owned Starke Brothers (et al), Milwaukee, WI; repaired.
1876 Owned C.H. Cook (et al), Montague, MI.
1879 Owned Dall & Co., Chicago, IL.
1885, Apr Sunk after striking wreck of schooner EXCHANGE Kelley’s Island.
1885, Jun 19 Burned off Cleveland, rebuilt.
1891, Jun 10 Sunk.