Marine Heritage Database

Curaca - 1917

Ship Type

Typical Profile

J

B

K

N


Code Flags

Tonnage

6386

Length(ft)

403

Breadth(ft)

52.3

Depth(ft)

26.8

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

Vessel owned by N. Y. & Pacific SS Co. Ltd, a branch of the Grace Line.

Story

CURACA was tied up at Pier 9 loading horses to ship to Europe. This was only a few hundred feet from ground zero of the Halifax Explosion where the munitions ship MONT BLANC exploded. CURACA was torn from her moorings and driven across the harbour to sink in Tufts Cove in Dartmouth. At the time of the explosion between 7 or 8 crew were ashore and survived. Of the 46 other crew members who were aboard, only one survived. The vessel was later raised and put back into service under the same name. Due to the efforts of a grandson of one of the victims and a local historian, the names of the victims were added to the ship's monument located at Halifax's Fairview Cemetery in 2001.

Vessel Type

Steam, General Cargo

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Sank

Cause of Event

Explosion

Date of Wreck

1917-12-06

Location

Halifax Harbour

Cargo

Horses and Grain

Lives Lost

45

Voyage from

Saint John, New Brunswick , Canada

Voyage to

Remarks

Partial loss. Sunk by explosion of MONT BLANC.

Ship Construction

Built at

Sunderland, United Kingdom

Date

1912

Official Number

135178

Registered at

London, Greater London , England

Date

Propulsion

Rig

Fore and Aft

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