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M.F. Merrick
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GPS Location: TBA
Depth: 310 Feet
Wreck Length: 137 Feet Beam: 26 Feet
Gross Tonnage: 295 Cargo: Furnace sand
Launched: 1863 by John Oades in Clayton, New York
Wrecked: May 17, 1889
Description: Over its 26-year career, schooner M.F. Merrick carried grain eastward from Lake Michigan ports to New York and Ohio and typically carried coal on its westbound legs. Its productive career ended suddenly when it collided with R.P. Ranney in dense fog off Presque Isle. Five crewmen perished in the wrecking event. Its wreck site was discovered by five Saginaw high school students working with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary during Project Shiphunt.







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