The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Mary Merritt (Schooner), U157078, 1 Sep 1882

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A short time ago notice was made of the schooner Mary Merritt's orphaned condition, her name having been stricken from the Canadian register. Since that time more efforts have been made to obtain for her an American register, and a few days ago those efforts were crowned with success. Heretofore a foreign vessel could only become and American bottom after being "wrecked on the coast of the Untied States, and purchased and repaired to the extent of three-fourths of its value when repaired by a citizen thereof." The Merritt was so wrecked and repaired, but her repairs did not amount to three-fourths of her value, and in accordance with the above law she was not entitled to American papers. A decision was, however, made by which the wrecking bill was included in the bill for repairs. This brought the bill substantially above the required figure and the schooner was accordingly declared an American vessel. She will now receive a new name and be entitled to all the rights of a natural born citizen.
      Detroit Post and Tribune
      September 14, 1882

NOTE: The Shickluna-built MERRITT had gone ashore near Grand Marais, Mich., Lake Superior, in 1881. On Sep 15, 1882, she became the American schooner DOT (US#157078), and was wrecked on the beach approximately 6 miles from the site of her previous stranding, on Aug. 25, 1883, a total loss.

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William R. McNeil
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Mary Merritt (Schooner), U157078, 1 Sep 1882