The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 13 Oct, 1875

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THE PROPELLER MERCHANT. - A special from Racine of the 11th says: "All hope of saving the propeller Merchant has been abandoned by experienced seamen conversant with the facts of the case. It seems that the unfortunate vessel has lost almost her entire bottom, and as soon as she is lightered sufficiently to enable her removal from where she now is she will go to the bottom. About half of her cargo has been removed, but in a very damaged condition. The Merchant must have been running at a full rate of speed when she struck, as she had grounded such a distance on the reef and is so firmly in position that the heaviest seas fail to make any impression whatever. An old wrecking captain told your correspondent the only way to save the vessel was by using large pontoons, but says there are none large enough nearer than Lake Erie, and that owing to the late season the chances of getting them here in time are too slim to warrant the attempt. There are several conflicting rumors as to the cause of the accident. The captain claims that he had turned in just north of Waukegan, after having given the second mate, whose watch it was, specific orders as to his course when in the vicinity of the reef. The second mate supposed he was off the coast from Kenosha, ten miles out, his reckoning only, and did not discover his error until he saw the buoy. From the fact that the buoy has been dragged out of position some 2,500 feet, and transferred to the opposite side of the reef from where it was, the mate was under the impression that he was on the eastern side of the rocks, when in reality he was on the shore side. He instantly headed the vessel east and landed it near the middle of the reef in about fourteen feet of water. If it is true that there was $100,000 in insurance on the vessel and $12,000 on the cargo, it was a fortunate accident for the owners.

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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 13 Oct, 1875