The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 28, 1883

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The schooner Dot, lost on Lake Superior a few days ago, had a rather checquered career. She was at first a Canadian schooner, but was wrecked on Lake Superior while loading timber. Capt. S. B. Grummond released her and brought her here, where, after lying idle for some time, she was sold by the United States marshal to satisfy wrecking charges. She was purchased by Capt. W. Jones and others of Cleveland, but after the purchase had been made, the Canadian authorities would not give her the necessary papers, as none of her owners were Canadians. This forced the schooner to put in most of a summer lying at a wharf, but finally she was admitted of citizenship and given an American register. Her name was formerly Mary Merritt, but when she became an American vessel she was christened "Dot," which was the name of a young lady in this city who earns her livelihood by playing gentle solo on a typewriter in a lawyer's office. The boat was built at St. Catharines in 1865 by L. Shickluna, and measured 300 tons. Her port of hail was Detroit, and she was commanded by Capt. A. C. Smith, who was part owner. She rated B1, and is valued in Lloyd's register at $5,000. Vesselmen arriving from Lake Superior state that she has gone down in deep water, and will never cause any trouble to wreckers.

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The Canadian schooner MARY MERRITT became the American DOT (157078). This article expands on the boat's history, the occasion being the loss of the DOT just a few miles from where the MERRITT went ashore two years previous.
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Aug. 28, 1883
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), Aug. 28, 1883