Marine Heritage Database

Merrimac - 1999

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

Length(ft)

39.36998

Breadth(ft)

Depth(ft)

Masts

one

Decks

Hull

Fibreglass

Shipwreck Details

Description

A modern 12 metre fibreglass yacht with an auxiliary engine. Owned by Jean Rheault of Montreal.

Story

This was the first total loss on Sable Island since 1947. The yacht ran aground on Sable about 2:00 am. The crew of three, including the owner, took to life raft tied to wreck but soon discovered they were only a few metres from the beach at Sable. They were soon rescued by natural gas exploration workers doing seismic work on Sable and flown to Halifax the next day. A few days later, the owner hired a fisherman from Guysborough to salvage the hull but they were unsuccessful and they were only able to remove fittings. Within six weeks the sand and waves had crushed and broken up the hull leaving it in small fiberglass fragments. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has a fragment of her Dacron sail in its collection as a reminder of the threat which Sable can still pose to mariners.

Vessel Type

Sloop Yacht

Type of Event

Nature of Event

Grounded

Cause of Event

Navigation error

Date of Wreck

1999-07-27

Location

Sable Island

Cargo

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Newport, Rhode Island , United States

Voyage to

Azores, Azores

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Date

Registered at

Montreal, Quebec , Canada

Date

Propulsion

Rig

Details

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