Marine Heritage Database

Melmerby - 1890

Ship Type

Typical Profile

W

F

S

P


Code Flags

Tonnage

1487

Length(ft)

207.3

Breadth(ft)

40.5

Depth(ft)

24

Masts

Decks

Hull

Wood

Shipwreck Details

Description

Story

On or about October 1, approximately five days after leaving Quebec with a cargo of timber MELMERBY began to encounter severe weather. In spite of working the pumps, MELMERBY was in danger of foundering. The order was given to jettison the deck load. Before the crew could accomplish this, the timber got out of control and smashed three of the four lifeboats. On the eighth day the schooner MARY happened upon MELMERBY and the vessel's Captain came aboard to attempt to guide the vessel to Pictou. Shortly thereafter another storm overtook both vessels and MARY became separated from MELMERBY. MELMERBY was demasted and driven onshore near New Glasgow. Sixteen men boarded the remaining lifeboat and made for shore. The boat overturned and all but one person perished. Locals who had gathered onshore formed a human chain and managed to reach the one survivor in the water. Two days later two of the six crew remaining on MELMERBY decided to swim for shore. Again a human chain of onlookers helped to pull them from the water. The MELMERBY's lifeboat was repaired and used to rescue the remaining four aboard, including the captain of MARY. The wreck remained visible long enough for the beach to be named after MELMERBY.

Vessel Type

Barque

Type of Event

Total loss

Nature of Event

Struck

Cause of Event

Stress of weather

Date of Wreck

1890-10-12

Location

Near New Glascow, Melmerby Beach

Cargo

Lumber

Lives Lost

15

Voyage from

Quebec , Canada

Voyage to

Greenock, Scotland

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Saint John, New Brunswick , Canada

Date

1863

Official Number

49868

Registered at

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Date

Propulsion

Sail

Rig

Barque

Details

Built by Nevins of Saint John.

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