The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1862

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p.2 Wreck on Lake Huron - On Tuesday evening last the schooner W.H. Merritt, of St. Catherines, bound down the lake from Chicago, heavily laden with corn, was caught in a violent gale off Point aux Barques. Capt. Murray ordered five of the men aloft to take in the sails. But the squall was tearing down towards the vessel with terrific violence, and ere the men aloft could obey the order to descend, it had struck the schooner on the beam, snapping both masts and bowsprit like so many pipestems and carrying them bodily overboard. At that moment four men were on the fore yard, furling the square sail, the other, Flux, being on the mainmast, furling the main gaff topsail. The masts fell top first, carrying the five men along with them. Flux never came to the surface, but the others saved themselves almost by a miracle. The foremast being held by the rigging, was dragged alongside by the speed of the vessel, which was driving through the water at the rate of fifteen knots an hour, thus saving the men's lives. The wreck was then cut away, and the completely denuded hull drifted at the mercy of the waves until it was carried across the lake in a regular drift of all northwest storms directly towards this place. It was observed yesterday morning, and the Valley City and the Bruce were sent to the rescue. They succeeded in towing the disabled vessel safely into Goderich. She did not leak, and the cargo is entirely uninjured. [Huron Signal]

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 3, 1862