Marine Heritage Database

A. W. Perry - 1915

Ship Type

Typical Profile

P

R

B

T


Code Flags

Tonnage

957

Length(ft)

255

Breadth(ft)

34

Depth(ft)

22

Masts

Decks

three

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

A long serving regional steamship for the Plant Line, serving Halifax, Boston, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. Known for her many marine mishaps.

Story

A.W. PERRY ended her career of many accidents when she ran aground at Chebucto Head, at the entrance to Halifax Harbour. She had encountered thick fog almost from the moment the steamer left Boston. However, Captain Alfred Ellis took no depth soundings or other methods to verify position. Instead he relied entirely on the ship's magentic compass which was rendered unreliable by a large cargo of iron being carried by A. W. PERRY. She ran aground early in the morning attempting to enter Halifax Harbour in thick fog. Rescuers were able to save all 45 passengers and 130 crew without loss of life but the vessel could not be salvaged. An inquiry was held in Halifax on June 17. Capt. Ellis was held solely to blame and had his Master's Certificate suspended for six months.

Vessel Type

Steam, Fore and Aft

Type of Event

Total Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Judgement error

Date of Wreck

1915-06-08

Location

Chebucto Head

Cargo

46 passengers, iron, mixed goods

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Boston, Massachusetts , United States

Voyage to

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Date

Registered at

Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

Propulsion

Steam

Rig

Fore and Aft

Details

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