Reindeer (1863)
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The wooden hull tug Reindeer was built in Florida in 1863. Her official registry number was 21441. She was a dispatch boat at the port of New York and owned by the United Staes government. Previously, she had done vessel towing along the ports of the Atlantic. In the summer of 1866 she was purchased by William B. Ogden for the Pestigo Company and brought thru the Welland Canal to the Green Bay area.

"The Reindeer was built down in Florida and was put together in the most approved manner, being copper fastened and copper bottomed throughout. In the fall of 1866 she was brought to these waters by the Peshtigo Co., and in her halcyon days was decidedly the finest and fastest steamer of her size on Green Bay." Door County Advocate 9/1/1881
Final Voyage

"The old, and neglected hull of the tug Reindeer, the finest and best tug on bay or lakes in her palmy days, was pumped out by a steam pump last Friday. An examination of the hulk showed it to be badly decayed and it was accordingly towed down the bay shore and set on fire for the purpose of getting the iron out of it."Door County Advocate 6/18/1881

"The old hulk of the once handsome staunch and powerful tug Reindeer has been reduced to ashes on the beach near Hill's Point, and nearly all the iron which held her together saved, and sold to the Sturgeon Bay Lumber Co. for $150." Door County Advocate 9/1/1881

The engine and boiler were removed from the Reindeer and installed into the tug A.W. Lawrence for a short time and then taken out and put into the hull of the C.M. Charnley. After a number of years the boiler became the property of the Pabst Mines at Iron River, Michigan. In the early 1890's, the boiler exploded and killed one man.
 
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