Marine Heritage Database

Manhasset - 1947

Ship Type

Typical Profile

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Code Flags

Tonnage

1094

Length(ft)

233.6

Breadth(ft)

40.2

Depth(ft)

24.3

Masts

Decks

Hull

Shipwreck Details

Description

Story

MANHASSET was generally held to be the last vessel wrecked on Sable Island until MERIMAC was lost in 1999. After stranding on a sandbar, an engine room explosion rendered her incapable of self help. Both the freighter ARGOFAX and the tug FOUNDATION FRANKLIN attempted to assist but were unable to help. Twelve crew had managed to land themselves in a ship's lifeboat but high surf prevented a return trip for the nine remaining. FOUNDATION FRANKLIN' s boats managed to reach the remaining men and the tug took them directly to Halifax. When the island superintendent, Don Johnson, attempted to house the twelve crew at the east light they became belligerent and some drew knives. Superintendent Johnson was forced to draw his pistol in order to disarm the crew and encourage their cooperation. The incident ended amicably.

Vessel Type

General Cargo, Steam

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Unknown

Date of Wreck

1947-07-04

Location

Sable Island

Cargo

Coal

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Newport-News, Virginia , United States

Voyage to

St. John's, Newfoundland

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Date

Official Number

222720

Registered at

Panama City, Panama

Date

Propulsion

Rig

None

Details

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