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SS Atlantic. Ran aground 1873 off Nova Scotia

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Re: SS Atlantic. Ran aground 1873 off Nova Scotia

Posted: 1 Apr 2013 1:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sheridan Ead Bowers Burke
April 1st 1973 140 years ago today.

The Wreck of the SS Atlantic

The SS Atlantic left Liverpool, England, for New York on 20 March 1873. Eleven days later, the captain decided to steam to Halifax, the nearest port, because the vessel's coal supply was running low. However, en route, the ship went ashore at Mars Head, near Lower Prospect, in the early morning of 1 April. The loss of life was horrendous — 565 passengers and crew. The disaster was the world's worst merchant shipwreck known at that time.

My great great grandfather was Captain John Sheridan who headed the rescue/salvage operation. Ken Hamilton
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