Site Description #

1883 Rebuilt; dimensions recorded 62.8′ x 14.9′ x 8′; 44.67/22.23 tons.

1890 Repaired.

1892, Nov 3 Sank Lake Erie.

On 28 June 1893, JAMES AMADEUS (wooden propeller tug, 65 foot, 44 gross tons, built in 1872, at Cleveland, Ohio) sprang a leak and foundered near Cleveland, Ohio. Her crew abandoned her just before she went down.

Selection of Historical Articles #

Buffalo Morning Express November 3, 1892 7-4 

Detroit, Nov.2- The tug JAMES AMADEMS owned by Patrick Smith of Cleveland, with 2 steam pumps and a diving rig on board is coming to the release of the schr. BALDWIN, foundered this morning on lake Erie below the dimming light. The crew all escaped; were picked up by steamer RALEIGH and brought here.

Detroit Free Press November 3, 1892 2-2 

According to Capt. Whipple, part owner of the stm RALEIGH, of Detroit, the tug JAMES AMADEUS, of Cleveland, foundered of Pt. Pelee yesterday morning. The tug left Cleveland Tuesday evening at 6:00 for the wrecked schooner H.P. BALDWIN, with several of the Bradley steam pumps aboard. At a late hour Tuesday night the captain of the tug hauled the RALEIGH, and said his boat was sinking. At 4:30 yesterday morning he signalled the RALEIGH to come alongside. Capt. Pierce ran a steam hose down into the tug and tried to pump her out. He also put a line on the tug and started ahead with the object of getting her into shoal water. At 5:30 she commenced to sink and Capt. Pierce ordered the lines cut and had the tugs crew of 7 men taken aboard the RALEIGH and brought them to Detroit last evening. The AMADEUS was a Cleveland Harbor tig of 22 tons. She was 18 years old, valued at $4,000 and owned by p. Smith of Cleveland. Capt. Pierce says the AMADEUS lies 3 miles southeast of south 1/2 south from Pt. Pelee.

Buffalo Morning Express November 4, 1892 7-3 #

 Cleveland, Nov.3- The schr. BALDWIN ashore at Colchester was pumped out today and will be taken to Detroit. The crew of the tug AMADEUS which foundered on Lake Erie yesterday arrived here today. 

Cleveland Plain Dealer November 4, 1892 5-5  #

The crew of the tug JAMES AMADEUS arrived here from Detroit yesterday morning on the steamer CITY OF CLEVELAND. The AMADEUS is sunk in about 30 ft. of water. 

Buffalo Morning Express November 29, 1892 7-3  #

Cleveland, Nov. 28- The tugs SMITH and STONE left today for Amherstburg with a wrecking outfit to release the tug AMADEUS, sunk near the dummy light a month ago. 

Bowling Green University File #


  1. Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
  2. Vessels
Registry and Rig Information
Official Number75616
Dimensions and Tonnage
Gross Tonnage42.32
Hull MaterialWood
Vessel History
HistoryReadmeasured, 1883: 62.8 x 16 x 8, 44.67 gross tons, 22.34 net. Readmeasured, 1889: 44.67 gross tons, 22.33 net.
DispositionSprang a leak and sank five miles off Point Pelee, Lake Erie, on November 2, 1892. No lives lost.
Build Information
BuilderJ. E. Lavayea
Place BuiltCleveland, OH
Date BuiltMay 7, 1874

Vessel Owners #

NameBegin DateEnd DateRegistryOfficial Number
P. Smith1874-05-071893-06-28U.S.75616

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