Marine Heritage Database

Erg - 1917

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

28

Length(ft)

55

Breadth(ft)

14.7

Depth(ft)

7.2

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

One of the earliest steel vessels built in Halifax, ERG started life as SAMBRO, a steam tug built and owned by Halifax Shipyard. She was sunk by the Halifax Explosion in 1917 but raised in 1927. She was renamed ERG and had a diesel engine installed to become a work boat, ferrying workers and their equipment to vessels under repair. By the time of her loss she was equipped with air compressors and electrical generators to support welding and pneumatic tools.

Story

This tug was sunk for the first of three times by the explosion of the munitions ship MONT BLANC in the Halifax Explosion. At the time of her first sinking she was named SAMBRO. She was later raised in 1927 and renamed ERG.

Vessel Type

Motor, Harbour Tug

Type of Event

Partial Loss

Nature of Event

Sinking

Cause of Event

Explosion

Date of Wreck

1917-12-06

Location

Halifax Harbour

Cargo

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Voyage to

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

1915

Official Number

134463

Registered at

Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

Propulsion

Diesel, Screw

Rig

None

Details

In 1927 under the name SAMBRO, ERG was refitted with a 4 HP diesel engine which replaced her steam engine. After this refit her name was changed.

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