Niagara

(reef, 1904)

niagaraThe Niagara was built in 1872 as Hull No. 21 by the Detroit Dry Dock Company in Detroit, Mich. The Niagara is an early example of a class of large "outside" tug boats developed for use on the Great Lakes. The development of these large tugs can be largely attributed to the demands of the expanding timber industry and their need to move large timber rafts. The Niagara is historically significant for its contribution to the development of the Great Lakes logging industry. Only two remaining examples of rafting tugs, the Niagara (1872) off Knife River and the Bob Anderson (1862) near Grand Marais, Minn., are known to exist in the region. No floating examples are extant. There are no known ship plans or construction diagrams of rafting tugs. The wreck of the Niagara was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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