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Fred Mercur (Propeller), U120513, collision, 21 Apr 1892

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Amherstburg, April 21. - Steamer FRED MERCUR, bound down with wheat, and schooner JOHN B. MERRILL, bound up, coal laden in tow of the tug SWAIN, collided at Bar Point at 8 o'clock this morning. The MERRILL sunk in 15 feet of water in the channel, about 1,500 feet north and east of where the Bar Point Lightship should be. She will be raised at once.
      The MERRILL had 1,270 tons of coal for Chicago. She is insured through John L. Crosthwaite of Buffalo for $15,000 as follows: Sun of California, $1,600; Crosby & Rardon, $6,800; Union Marine, $1,500; North American, $4,100; British American Assurance Co., $1,000. The schooner is rated A 2 in Inland Lloyds with a valuation of about $18,000. She was built in 1873 at Milwaukee, and is owned by Connelly Bros., of Buffalo. Her cargo is the property of the Pennsylania Company and is also insured.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Thursday, April 21, 1892

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      "God bless papa, and God bless mamma, and sink a vessel in the morning." Intimate personal friends of the falily state that it is an actual fact that this is the way the little children of Capt. J.S. Quinn, the successful marine diver, say their prayers. Quinn's latest exploit was in raising the schooner JOHN B. MERRILL yesterday from the bottom of Detroit River. Capt. Quinn once patched up the THOMAS P. SHELDON while under water in the St. Marys River, and when the boat was placed in drydock the ship carpenters said they could not improve it. - Chicago Tribune.
      Buffalo Enquirer
      Tuesday, April 26, 1892

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      Underwriters having risks on the schooner J.B. MERRILL, sunk in the Dertoit River last season by the Lehigh Valley liner FRED MERCUR, have paid their insurance, and will at once institute proceedings against the MERCUR for $3,000
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      June 15, 1893 3-4

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Steam screw FRED MERCUR. U. S. No. 120513. Of 1224.37 tons gross; 966.24 tons net. Built Buffalo, N.Y., 1882. Home port, Buffalo, N.Y. 232.0 x 35.0 x 18.0.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1885

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Reason: collision
Lives: nil
Freight: wheat
Remarks: Repaired
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.055277 Longitude: -83.116388
William R. McNeil
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Fred Mercur (Propeller), U120513, collision, 21 Apr 1892