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Strathcona - 1906

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

284

Length(ft)

128.5

Breadth(ft)

26

Depth(ft)

9.6

Masts

Decks

Hull

Wood

Shipwreck Details

Description

Story

Many of the passengers aboard STRATHCONA were Acadia and Dalhousie University students heading home for Christmas. There were also 60 barrels of kerosene on the forward deck. Fire broke out in the saloon and the crew was unable to contain the blaze. Captain Reid had STRATHCONA grounded at Smiley's Point and evacuated within 10 minutes. The kerosene on board STRATHCONA exploded shortly thereafter. No lives were lost. The captain and his crew received considerable praise for their courage and cool action during the fire. It was not a good year for STRATHCONA as a few months earlier she herself had run down and sunk the steamer HAVANA.

Vessel Type

Steam, Ferry, General Cargo

Type of Event

Total Loss

Nature of Event

Burnt

Cause of Event

Fire

Date of Wreck

1906-12-21

Location

Port Dufferin Harbour

Cargo

Passengers & general cargo

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada

Voyage to

Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia , Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Port Clyde, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

1903

Official Number

116276

Registered at

Halifax, Nova Scotia , Canada

Date

Propulsion

Steam

Rig

Schooner

Details

Built by Mary E. Harlow.

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