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Merrimac (Schooner), sunk, 22 Apr 1867

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MERRIMAC Schooner, foundered, total loss; five lives lost.
      Marine Disasters 1867, Lake Erie
      Toledo Blade December 21, 1867

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Schooner MERRIMAC, (Canadian) foundered off Long Point, Lake Erie April 1867. Crew and vessel lost. 8 lives. Property loss $9,000.
      Casualty List for 1858 to 1868
      Compiled by Capt. J.H. Hall

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      The schr. MERRIMAC NO. 2, owned by Mr. Alexander Christie, formerly of Niagara, foundered off Long Pt., Lake Erie, on Monday night, and the captain and all of the crew, but a young man named Menilly of Niagara were drowned. There were 2 brothers Menilly on board. We did not learn whether the vessel was insured or not or the particular cause of foundering. - St. Cathrines Journal.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      April 29, 1867 3-5

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      LOSS OF A SCHOONER. - THE CAPTAIN AND FIVE MEN DROWNED. -- The schooner MERRIMAC No. 2 foundered off Long Point, Lake Erie, on the night of the 22d inst., and the captain and all the crew excepting a young man named Menilly, were drowned. There were two brothers Menilly on board. The cause of the vessel's foundering has not transpiered.
      Toledo Blade
      May 2, 1867

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      Total Loss of Life on the Lakes During the year 1867
      The following is an accurate detail of deaths among seamen during the year now closing, either from natural cause or accident, and total loss of lives on the lakes:
Gilman Appleby, an old steamboat master died at Buffalo; 1.
John Scully, sailor, killed by falling from masthead of schr Napoleon; 1.
Michael Gibbons, seaman, killed on board prop Barber, on Lake Michigan; 1.
Capt. Thos. Vance and son, drowned from schr Lydia Ann, Lake Ontario; 2.
Capt. L. Lanergan, drowned from schr Pride, off Port Washington; 1.
Three lives lost from schr Rose Dousman, going ashore at New Buffalo; 3.
*** Five lives lost from schr MERRIMAC, foundering in Lake Erie; 5. ***
James Lavery, drowned from a sloop in Saginaw Bay; 1.
Fifty lives lost by the burning of prop Wisconsin on Lake Ontario; 50.
Sailor drowned from schr D. Newhall, on Lake Michigan; 1.
George Law, sailor, killed by falling from topsail yard of bark Sunshine; 1.
Amos Harris, sailor, drowned from schooner Corinthian, in Lake Erie; 1.
J. W. Morse, engineer, killed on board prop Dean Richmond by a fender; 1.
George Blanford and L. T. Backmeyer, drowned from a boat at Chicago; 2.
Henry -----, cabin boy, drowned from schr Advance, on Lake Michigan; 1.
Thomas Wilson, sailor, drowned from schr Belle City, near Port Colborne; 1.
Thos. Cumberworth, John Grosser, and John Boermaster, drowned from bark Cherumbusco, at Grand Traverse; 3.
Capt. Herson Morley, an old lake veteran, died at Sodus Point; 1.
Gregor Reef, deck hand, drowned from prop Badger State on Lake Michigan; 1.
George Case, engineer, steamer Princess, drowned near Gibraltar; 1.
William Love, sailor, drowned from a vessel at Port Huron; 1.
Wm. Hughes, deck hand, drowned from steamer Clement at Detroit; 1.
Ole Samuelson, sailor, killed on board schr Anglo Saxon by a fall; 1.
Capt. W. H. Benson, a well known steamboat man, died at East Saginaw; 1.
George Topish, deck hand, drowned from tug B. B. Jones in Lake Huron; 1.
Owen Johnson, sailor, drowned from schr Grapeshot, while hooking on boat; 1.
Archy Cameron, sailor, hung himself on board schr Chieftain; 1.
John White, sailor, shot by Capt. Duneanson, on board bark Col. Ellsworth; 1.
Four men drowned from a sloop off St. Joseph, Mich.
Lewis Nelson, sailor, drowned from schr Tartar, in Detroit River; 1.
John Rooney, sailor, drowned from bark Arabia at Port Colborne; 1.
Thomas Haller, second mate, drowned from schr Dan Tindall at Death's Door; 1.
Angus McDonald, sailor, drowned from schr Oriental on Lake Ontario; 2(sic).
Daniel Sheal, fireman, drowned from prop Rocket at Buffalo while intoxicated; 1.
D. G. Maynard, Esq., drowned from tug J. C. Morse in Lake Superior; 1.
Capt. Alex Lafferty, H. G. Johnson, Frank Lapham and Frank Day, killed by explosion of tug H. Johnson at Saginaw; 4.
Capt. D. M. McLeon, of prop Dubuque, died on board steamer Wave, on Lake Huron; 1.
Chas. Hammond, drowned from schr Mary Collins, at Bay City; 1.
Wm. Dugan, sailor, drowned from schr Eagle Wing at Marquette; 1.
Sailor, name unknown, drowned from bark Badger State at Chicago; 1.
Mary McGarrick, cook, drowned from schr T. J. Bronson while intoxicated; 1.
Wm. Morrison and Alex Clements, drowned from bark Sunnyside on Lake Michigan; 2.
James Mullen, sailor, killed on board the schr Buckingham by a fall; 1.
John Zemmuel, sailor, killed by a fall from the rigging on a vessel at Toronto; 1.
Capt. James Bailey, an old lake man, died at Windsor, C. W.; 1.
Harvey Williams, drowned from tug Old Jack at Cleveland; 1.
Merrit Estes, mate schr Arcturus, drowned off Sauble, Lake Huron; 1.
A colored deck hand drowned from prop Fountain City in Lake Michigan; 1.
--- Nickerson, deck hand, drowned from prop St. Joseph in Lake Michigan; 1.
Capt. Thos Saulter, an old lake man, died at Toronto, C. W.; 1.
Samuel Masters, died from injuries on board str Harris at Buffalo; 1.
Capt. Benj. Dove, of schr E. M. Carrington, died at Port Huron; 1.
Donald Calder, sailor, drowned from bark St. Lawrence in Lake Erie; 1.
Capt. Joseph Raymond, an old lake man, died at Detroit; 1.
Capt. William Ayres, drowned from schr Huron in River St. Clair; 1.
Thos Curley, sailor, drowned from bark Red, White and Blue in Tawas Bay; 1.
Frank Mitchell, watchman, drowned from prop Toledo at Toledo; 1.
Darius Horrigan, drowned from tug Gen. McClellan in Lake Huron; 1.
Edward Harris, sailor, drowned from scow Am. Champion; 1.
Charles Brown and two others, sailors, drowned from schr Barney Eaton, on Lake Michigan; 3.
Walter Sheehan, mate, drowned from scow W. R. Hannah, near Sandusky; 1.
George Miller, 2nd mate prop Marquette, killed by falling into hold at Detroit; 1.
Henry Elphick, of bark Glenbulah, died at Chicago; 1.
Capt. Robert Prigeon; Elijah Prigeon, mate; John Kirchean, Wm. Sampton, and three others, killed by explosion of the tug Muir in River St. Clair; 7.
Arthur Blackburn, mate schr Clara, drowned at Green Bay; 1.
Patrick Kinsella, drowned from schr C. C. Trowbridge at South Manitou; 1.
Charles Andrews, drowned from schr J Webber at Buffalo; 1.
Thomas Johnson, master; Abraham Hansen and B B Swanson, drowned from schr Ringgold by that vessel capsizing on Lake Michigan; 3.
A German sailor drowned from the scow Loon at Detroit; 1.
Abraham Ryerson, sailor, drowned from scow Orion on Lake Michigan; 1.
Jerry Donahue, killed during an affray on board bark Bridge at Chicago; 1.
Mrs John Murphy and daughter, and J Laberday, drowned from scow Ira Mason; 3.
Henry Wright, James Cullen, George Brew, James Mahoney and one unknown, drowned from barge Pacific at Grand Haven; 5.
Three lives lost from schr Telegraph getting wrecked on Lake Michigan; 3.
Seven lives lost schr Mary Elizabeth foundering in Lake Erie; 7.
John Lutherin, drowned from schr U. S. Grant in Lake Michigan; 1.
Two lives lost from prop Waukazoo at Kalamazoo; 2.
Henry McGrory, drowned from prop Dubuque at Detroit; 1.
R Fleming, killed by falling into the hold of the bark Bridge at Buffalo; 1.
A colored man, drowned from prop Rocket at Green Bay; 1.
Cornelius May, drowned from schr Persian in Lake Ontario; 1.
James Conner, sailor, drowned from schr Union at Milwaukee; 1.
Thomas Hillman, sailor, drowned from a vessel at Oswego; 1.
Jerry Baldwin, drowned from tug Windsor in St. Clair River; 1.
Perry Walsh, mate, drowned from schr Clipper City in Lake Michigan; 1.
John Wilson, drowned from tug Hector in St. Clair River; 1.
John Brenkle and Joseph Roberts, drowned from small boat at Chicago; 2.
Cyrus Gates and Frederick Pierce, drowned from bark P. S. Marsh off Long Point; 2.
Capt. Thomas Richardson and crew of six men drowned from brig Gen. Worth in Lake Erie; 7.
Two sailors drowned from schr Kate Doak at Pere Marquette; 2.
---- Kelly, a sailor, drowned from a vessel at Toronto; 1.
Daniel Frasier Smith, drowned from schr Mazeppa at Point au Pelee; 1.
John Williams, colored, killed in an affray on board prop Advance; 1.
Three seamen drowned from stmr Wolverine at Quebec; 3.
Capt. Jas. Coughlin, drowned from a barge at Chicago; 1.
Herbert Stevens, drowned from schr Admiral, near Toronto; 1.
John Hourigan, drowned from a scow at Detroit; 1.
Howard Brown, killed by a fender on board steamer Daniel Ball; 1.
Levi Lemon, engineer, scalded to death on board prop City of New York; 1.
Charles Evans, drowned from schr Granada, at Port Colborne; 1.
Dennis McCarthy, drowned from schr Algerine, at Beaver Island; 1.
Two lives lost from sloop Explorer, at Cove Island; 2.
Orrin Phillips, Wm. Johnson, Wm. Davis, Samuel Johnson and one other drowned from prop Owego, in Lake Erie; 5.
Sailor drowned from scow Black Rover, at Cleveland; 1.
John McGeen, killed by falling into hold of prop Edith; 1.
Sailor drowned from scow Supply, in Lake Michigan; 1.
Total loss of life from all causes . . . . . . . . .. . . ..211
Total loss of life in 1865 . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . ..111
      Detroit Free Press
      December 24, 1867

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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Merrimac (Schooner), sunk, 22 Apr 1867