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John B. Merrill (Schooner), U75592, aground, 14 Oct 1893


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LOSSES ON THE LAKES.
      "The JOHN B. MERRILL, in tow of the steamer F.E. SPINNER, went ashore late on Saturday near Detour. The MERRILL is owned by Connell Bros. of Buffalo and valued at $20,000." - [part of article]
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 17, 1893 p.1, c.3

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Schooner JOHN B. MERRILL aground on the Holdredge Shoal, near Drummond Island, Lake Huron, October 14, 1893
      " Schooner Days "
      Toronto Telegram
      January 22, 1938

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      THE J.B. MERRILL A TOTAL WRECK.
      The J.B. MERRILL, ashore at Drummond's Island, is a total wreck, but a portion of the cargo may be saved.
      Buffalo Evening News
      Tuesday, October 24, 1893 p.1, c.1

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The schooner JOHN B. MERRILL, ashore at Drummond Island has broken up and nothing remains to show where she struck.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Wednesday, November 1, 1893

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Schooner JOHN B. MERRILL. U. S. Number 75592. Built Milwaukee, Wis. 1873 of 640.86 tons gross; 608.82 tons net. 189 x 34 x 13. Home port, Buffalo
      List of Merchant Vessels
      of the United States, 1892


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      An article by David McMacken which appeared in ' Inland Seas,' Summer 1982, outlined the career of Capt. Hawley Meeks Boyce, who in 1893 was master of the schooner JOHN B. MERRILL, owned at the time by Connelly Brothers of Buffalo. On October 14, 1893, the MERRILL, loaded with coal, was upbound in tow of the F.E. SPINNER, bound from Buffalo to Marquette. The steamer and her tow were beset by a heavy gale and attempted to seek the shelter of the St. Marys River. Off Drummond Island, the sails were blown out of the MERRILL, and the towline parted, and at 4:00 p.m., the schooner ran on a reef, where she broke up the next day. There is no record of the SPINNER receiving any damage in this incident.

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Reason: aground
Remarks: Total loss
Date of Original:
1893
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McN.W.17416
Language of Item:
English
  • Michigan, United States
    Latitude: 45.99446 Longitude: -83.90278
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William R. McNeil
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John B. Merrill (Schooner), U75592, aground, 14 Oct 1893