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John B. Merrill (Schooner), U75592, gale damage, 19 Sep 1889

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The gale reported on the upper lakes reached here late Thursday night and blew 45 miles for a short time, making from 30 to 40 miles up to about noon yesterday when it suddenly died out. The signal bureau here, as on the upper lakes, did not give the warning. It is said that the barometer did not indicated the approach of heavy weather till it was upon us. Very serious accidents are expected, but as yet nothing has been reported here but the tow of the tug JOHN OWEN, which left here Thursday morning. The tow was able to get within about 15 miles of Long Point when it broke up and all returned here. Of the 5 schooners in the tow the CUMMINGS and NASSAU are not materially injured, the J.B. MERRILL lost her main gaff and was otherwise somewhat injured, the J.S RICHARDS lost her foresail and a gaff and the HATTIE ESTELL lost part of her deck load of salt. She took on 401 barrels and it is not yet known how much went overboard, but it is expected to amount to about 100 barrels.
A Dispatch to Smith, Davis & Co., from Sandusky reports the schr. POLLY M. ROGERS ashore on Starve Island Reef, beyond Kelley's Island. Tugs have been sent to her.
      Buffalo Morning Express
      September 21, 1889 7-1

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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: gale damage
Lives: nil
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.454166 Longitude: -81.121388
William R. McNeil
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John B. Merrill (Schooner), U75592, gale damage, 19 Sep 1889