On the Rocks: Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Marine Heritage Database

Francis - 1800

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

208

Length(ft)

Breadth(ft)

Depth(ft)

Masts

Decks

Hull

Shipwreck Details

Description

FRANCIS was a type of sailing ship called a "snow". This was similar to a brig, but used a small spar rigged behind the main mast to make it easier to handle the spanker sail.

Story

Following the sinking, rumours reached Halifax about the looting of bodies and possible murder of survivors from FRANCIS. An officer was sent to Sable Island in the vessel HARRIOT to investigate. He found evidence of wreckers salvaging valuable personal possessions but no evidence of murder. However, these concerns helped build support for a rescue station on the island and a year later Nova Scotia established the Humane Establishment on Sable which went on to save hundreds of lives in the years that followed. The rumours of looting and murder also inspired a fictional ghost story which has remained popular over the years. It holds that a phantom woman haunts Sable's beaches looking for the severed finger of her hand, cut off by the wreckers to remove her wedding ring.

Vessel Type

Snow, Transport

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Wrecked

Cause of Event

Unknown

Date of Wreck

1800-01-01

Location

Sable Island

Cargo

Staff and baggage of Prince Edward, Dukeof Kent

Lives Lost

18

Voyage from

London, London , England

Voyage to

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Remarks

All hands lost.

Ship Construction

Built at

Date

Registered at

United Kingdom

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Snow

Details

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