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Merrimac (Bark), lightning, 1 Jul 1856


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MERRIMAC Bark, struck by lightning on Upper lakes, lost foremast and damaged canvas and rigging.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      January 31, 1857 (casualty list)



      STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. -- Capt. Dagget, of the bark MERRIMAC, arrived yesterday, reports that when about 10 miles off Chicago, coming down, his vessel was struck by lightning, carrying away fore top-mast, splitting foremast, fore-sail, and prostrating the crew. The electricity followed down into the hold of the vessel, causing a dense volume of smoke to come out through the fore-castle. The scene is described as being of a startling character, and it was fortunate and providential that nothing more serious occurred. -- Oswego Times, 25th.
      Buffalo Daily Republic
      July 26, 1856


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Reason: lightning
Lives: nil
Hull damage: $500
Remarks: Repaired
Date of Original:
1856
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Local identifier:
McN.W.2455
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.400277 Longitude: -82.624166
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Merrimac (Bark), lightning, 1 Jul 1856