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The William T. Merchant

 

January 12, 1877

Sch. William T. Merchant owned by Messrs. Shute & Merchant, left port for a trip to the Grand Banks, Nov. 10th, and has been absent nine weeks to-day. She was seen after the first gale in December with windlass badly disabled, and as no tidings of her have com to hand there is every reason to suppose that she is lost. She was a fine vessel of 76.76 tons, valued at $5800 and insured in the Cape Ann Mutual Fishing Office for $5075. There was also an insurance on her outfits of $1000, part in the Gloucester Mutual and part in the Cape Ann Mutual Offices.
She had a crew of twelve men as follows;

Angus Anderson, master
Barney Frazier
Chas. Frazier,
brothers
John Barry
Robt. Miles
Alex. Babbin
Sam;l Thurber
Chas. Anderson
B. W. Alby,
leaves widow and two children at Mt. Desert, Me.
John McKay
Joseph Gosby
Moses Stafford

The crew were al single with the exception of the one mentioned and natives of Canso and other ports in Nova Scotia, but had followed fishing from this port several years.

 

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