The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Merritt (1864)


Year of Build:
1864
Official Number:
46253
Construction and Ownership
Built at:
Brockville, Ontario
Power
Power:
Mechanical
Propulsion:
Screw
Dimensions
Tonnage (gross):
1128
Final Disposition
Final Location:
Magdalen Islands
How:
Wrecked
History

174x38x13 Owned by B. Chaffey, Brockville (operated by Perry & Black) 1866; to T. Rimmer & G. A. Drummond, Montreal 1868; to H. & A. Allan, Montreal 1870. Built by G. Chaffey, Brockville and launched 19/05/64. Engines (2) 20x18 by E. E. Gilbert, Montreal at right angles to each other on same shaft (i. e. "V-2"). Was to have been named "Great Britain". Intended for ocean service in winter: rigged as 3-masted barque. "Her engines would be auxiliary when off the lakes". Had keelson "half way between the main keelson and bridge as well as the usual arches on the side. She will also have two outside arches". ("Globe" 1863). Almost always used below Montreal. Put into Halifax December 1864 disabled while en route to Havana with horses. Voyage abandoned, stayed until sailed for Montreal 24/04/65. Made a voyage Quebec-London departing 03/06/65; crossed in 23 days. Returned with Welsh coal early in October. Finally wrecked in fog 11/07/73 Magdalen Islands.

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Merritt (1864)