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Planet Mercury

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Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Planet Mercury
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Vessel Type British Freighter
Owner R.W. Leyland & Company
Length / Beam / Draft (feet)  
Tonnage 2,092
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Steam / Screw
Cargo General cargo
Built 1894 at Belfast, Ireland
Date of Loss Around February 25, 1900
Reason for Loss Disappeared / Wreckage found
Fatalities 45 (all on board)
Last Trip Portland (ME) to Bristol (UK)
Wreck Location Near Seal Island, off Pubnico
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Diving Considerations  
Other Information Vessel disappeared after leaving Portland, ME. A large quantity of wreckage and the body of one crew member were found in the Seal Island / Pubnico area.
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