Monday, 27 June 2016

STEAMER WRECKED - ST JOHNS.

The mercury (Hobart) Thursday 22 February 1900.

AMERICAN COAST DISASTER. 
UNKNOWN STEAMER COMPLETELY
WRECKED.
Another shipping disaster, advised
by the R.M.S. Orana, is the loss of a
steamer, name unknown. A report, dated
St. John's, Newfoundland, January 12,
says :-"The following comprise all the
details that could be obtained up to mid-night:-
The ship was a two-masted steamer of nearly 
3,000 tons, and probably carried a crew of 60, 
with possibly some passengers. 
She went ashore before daybreak on Thursday, 
striking a ledge at the foot of a cliff, where 
escape was hopeless.
The crew launched the boats, but it is
believed that during a panic some were
crushed against her side, while others
were swamped, all the occupants apparently perishing."

....and so maritime history was doomed to keep repeating itself....





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