Marine Heritage Database

Pontiac - 1945

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

2321

Length(ft)

423

Breadth(ft)

55

Depth(ft)

24

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

Story

PONTIAC was damaged by her own paravane, a device dragged through the water to cut sea mines. The paravane went out of control and accidentally holed the side of PONTIAC and she began to rapidly take on water. The tug FOUNDATION FRANKLIN was sent out to tow her to Halifax. PONTIAC was nearly awash when FOUNDATION FRANKLIN ran her onto Maughers Beach on McNabs Island in Halifax Harbour.

Vessel Type

Motor, Storeship

Type of Event

Partial loss

Nature of Event

Serious damage

Cause of Event

Mechanical failure

Date of Wreck

1945-01-30

Location

Ten miles off Chebucto Head

Cargo

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Voyage to

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Date

Registered at

United States

Date

Propulsion

Rig

Details

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