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
She had a crew of twelve men as follows;
Angus Anderson, master
Chas. Frazier, brothers
B. W. Alby, leaves widow and two children at Mt. Desert, Me.
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.