The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
John B. Merrill (Schooner), U75592, aground, 1 Nov 1883

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Appearances now that the disasters at Cleveland will not turn out to be as heavy losses as was feared at the time. The schooner JOHN B. MERRILL, as already noted in these columns, has been got off and, although leaking considerably, she will be speedily repaired as soon as her cargo is out, and it is not believed the cost of repairs and releasing will be any very large sum.
      An almost similar story is likely to be told of the SOPHIA MINCH. A diver has been down and reports that she is not broken as was reported, and under the directions of Captain George McKay a crew with Captain Bradley's lighter and steam pump are at work at her. The work of pumping her out was begun at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and in the early part of last evening it was reported that but four feet of water remained in her hold and that there was strong probability that she would be brought in last night. Her owner was engaged in stripping her most of the day yesterday, so that in case of any failure to get her off he would have saved as much as possible from the wreck. But it now appears that she will be speedily brought in and that here to the bills for releasing and repairs will not be large, although it is wholly impossible to estimate the matter just now. - - - Cleveland Leader, Tuesday.
      J.W. Hall Great Lakes Marine Scrapbook, November, 1883

The Schooner JOHN B. MERRILL, ashore at Cleveland, is owned by George P. Sanborne; Mrs Hunter; and James S. Porter, of Milwaukee. There is an insurance of $22,000 on the vessel. She was lightered 60 tons of ore and wrecked by Captain Greenhalgh with one lighter on each side. She was found to be in good condition.
      Marine Record
      Nov. 8, 1883

Schooner JOHN B. MERRILL. U. S. No. 75592. Of 640.86 tons gross; 608.82 tons net. Built Milwaukee, Wis., 1873. Home port, Milwaukee, Wis. 189.0 x 34.0 x 13.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: aground
Lives: nil
Freight: ore
Remarks: Got off
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
William R. McNeil
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John B. Merrill (Schooner), U75592, aground, 1 Nov 1883