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T. R. Merritt (Schooner), C72712, aground, 11 Sep 1900

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Oswego, Sept. 12. -- The life-saving crew has just returned from the schooner ashore nine miles west of Oswego, having found that it was the Canadian schooner T. R. MERRITT. The MERRITT was bound from Hamilton to Oswego when struck by the storm. The anchors were let go, but the vessel dragged them in the heavy sea and was thrown high and dry on the beach. Her crew were able to step from the wrecked craft on to dry land without assistance. The crew consisted of six men and a woman cook. Capt. D. W. Corson reports that the vessel will probably be a total loss. The MERRITT was owned by Capt. Mckay, of Hamilton, and was valued at $5,800. She registerdd 328 tons and had rating of A 2, but carried no insurance.
      The storm here was severe. The wind reached a velocity of 42 miles an hour and furious seas are rolling over the breakwater.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 13, 1900

Kingston, September 17. -- The schooner T. R. MERRITT which went ashore nine miles above Oswego, is a total wreck. She is owned by Mckay of hamilton, and was valued at $5,000. There will be about $1,000 salvage.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 18, 1900
      The schooner MERRITT, ashore at Oswego, is a total wreck.
      Port Huron Daily Times
      Tuesday, September 18, 1900
      Of the two schooners stranded at and near Oswego, the ALBACORE is sure to be released. The ull of the T. R. MERRITT is punctured, the deck is badly sprung, indicating that the vessel's back may be broken. There is no insurance on either of the schooners.
      Detroit Free Press
      September 19, 1900
Schooner T.R. MERRITT. Official Canada No. 72712. oF 328 tons reg. Built Hamilton, Ont., 1874. Home port, St. Catharines, Ont. 138.0 x 26.4 x 12.2 Owned by R.O. McKay, M. O., of St. Catharines, Ont.
      List of vessels on the Registry Books of the
      Dominion of Canada on December 31, 1898


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Reason: aground
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
William R. McNeil
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T. R. Merritt (Schooner), C72712, aground, 11 Sep 1900