Merrimac (screw
frigate) - 4,636 tons, 257' x 51 1/2' x 23'. Built at Boston Navy Yard, 1855-1856; burned at Norfolk, 1861; raised and converted to ironclad ram CSS Virginia, 1862; blown up to prevent capture, May, 1862. Two engines, single screw, 8+ knots. Armament: original, 24 9 smooth bore, 14 8 shell guns, 2 10 smooth bore. Vincent Ponko, Jr. Ships, Seas, and Scientists, U.S. Naval Exploration and Discovery in the 19th Century. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1974., p. 14.
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Merrimac (steamer)
The steam tug Merrimac, which had gone to the Sound from San Francisco the preceding year, was taken to the Columbia in February, 1876, and was used on the river towing vessels between the sea and Oak Point, the tug Ben Holladay taking them from there to Portland. The Merrimac was a well built craft, launched at Eden's Landing in 1862, and first came into prominence through a terrible accident on Humboldt bar in 1863. The bar was very rough, and the steamship Oregon had been lying outside for several hours, when the Merrimac came up, and, to the surprise of those on the steamship, started in and was caught on the crest of a big comber, turned twice over, end for end, and was finally shot into the smooth water of the harbor bottom up, with her deck-house missing and not one of the eighteen people on board left to tell the tale. The hull was comparatively uninjured, and, after being repaired, the steamer performed good service for several years at various places along the coast. Among her crew when she first ca
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Merrimac (tug)
The tug Merrimac, afterward well known on the Columbia and Puget Sound, capsized on Humboldt bar, February 22d, and all hands perished. The crew consisted of: Hatch, captain; Martin, engineer; Bales, mate; C. McLean, J. S. Garwood, Mr. Harrington, two deckhands, two firemen and four others. E. W. Wright, The Oregon Steam Navigation Company's Best Days, Many New Steamers in Puget Sound Waters, Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. New York: Antiquarian Press, Ltd., 1961., p.122.
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Merrimack (steamer)
Louis C. Hunter. Steamboats on the Western Rivers., p. 141.
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