S.L. Dowell | Underwater images/video | Exploration updates

S.L. Dowell:

• Vessel type: Tug
• Length: 45 feet
• Beam: approx. 12 feet

The S. L. Dowell is a 45-foot wooden tugboat that was built at Friday Harbor in 1899 as the steamer Griffin. In 1912, the tug was fitted with a 50-horsepower Corliss gas engine. The S. L. Dowell struck a snag off Mercer Island in Lake Washington on October 11, 1922 and sank immediately in 200 feet of water. George Wahl, master, and William Holslar, engineer, leaped to a gravel scow the tug was towing and narrowly escaped drowning.

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