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William H. Merritt (Schooner), collision, 1 Oct 1863

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Collisions- The Captain of the schooner W. H. MERRITT, which collided with the schooner NEW LISBON a few nights since at Point Au Pelee, called upon us yesterday to have the report of that disaster corrected, claiming that which has been already published as erroneous. From his statement we learn that the collision took place some three miles from Point Au Pelee. The LISBON, at first sight showed a clear light, having the wind free, but afterwards changed it to a red light unnecessarily. The MERRITT being bound down with the wind N. E. had the wind close haul, and, as is claimed, was not, according to rules, bound to keep away.
      Detroit Advertiser & Tribune
      October 15, 1863 4-3

While on her way down the lake recently the schr. MERRITT, of Goderich, was run into by an American vessel and considerably injured. No damage was done to her cargo, which consisted of wheat.
      Goderich Signal, Semi-Weekly
      Friday, October 16, 1863

MERRITT, W.H. Schooner, collided with the Schooner NEW LISBON at Point Au Pelee, L. E.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Casualty List, 1863
      Wed. Jan. 20, 1864

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $510
Cargo: $140
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 41.908055 Longitude: -82.508888
William R. McNeil
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William H. Merritt (Schooner), collision, 1 Oct 1863