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The tug Frank S. Butler (US No. 9200) was launched in the spring of 1865 and her first enrollment papers were made on 6 May 1865. Other than the basic specifications and a few incidents reported, not much else is known about her. She was named after Frank S. Butler, who also owned the A. B. Ward which blew up on 20 August 1881 and nearly killed him.
The tug Butler was badly crushed by the 256 ton steambarge Swallow (US No. 115184) against the piers of the Rush-st bridge on 23 June 1883. She was taken to a drydock.
The tug was owned by A. Q. Thacker of Toledo, Ohio in 1913.
She was abandoned at Oswego, NY in 1922. Her last enrollment was 19 Nov 1913.