Port Huron, MI (Lake Huron) Schooners RANNEY and MERRICK Collide, May 1889

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DEATH ON THE LAKE.

VESSELS COLLIDE ON LAKE HURON -- ONE OF THEM GOES DOWN, AND FIVE OF THOSE ABOARD LOSE THEIR LIVES.

Port Huron, Mich., May 20. -- The steambarge R. P. Ranney arrived down Saturday morning with the news of a disaster on Lake Huron by which five lives were lost. At 2:30 o'clock Friday morning the Ranney, of Cleveland, collided with the schooner Merrick, of Detroit, ten miles off Presque Isle, and sank her in deep water.
The names of the lost are:
MARTIN JOHNSON, mate, Detroit.
MRS. COLE, cook, Cleveland.
JOHN CHARLEVOIX, seaman, Detroit.
WILLIAM OURS, seaman, Ashtabula, O.
PAT CONNELLY, seaman, Clayton, N.Y.
Only two of the Merrick's crew were saved, Captain Rusho, of Detroit, and William Goodfriend. Captain Rusho says that when he discovered the Ranney about to cross his course he hauled the Merrick up and tried to run across the bows of the Ranney, but the latter cut into the Merrick in the smoke and fog, and sank her almost instantly. Captain Rusho was at his post and William Goodfriend at the wheel. The other four men and woman cook went down with the ship without realizing what had happened. The Merrick was owned by George Maitland and C. P. Taylor, of Detroit, was valued at $7,500 and insured for $5,000. She left Sand Beach Wednesday for Port Austin, where she took sand for Lake Linden, Upper Peninsula. MARTIN JOHNSON, the mate, was a resident of Detroit for the past twenty years. Captain Rusho's wife has made every trip with him until the last one, when she left the boat at Cleveland. Both captains agree that the catastrophe was accidental. The Ranney has a large hole stove in her port bow.

Cedar Rapids Standard Iowa 1889-05-23