Marine Heritage Database

Castilian - 1899

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

8000

Length(ft)

470

Breadth(ft)

53.7

Depth(ft)

25.2

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

She was a cargo liner, carrying both cargo and passengers for the Montreal based Allan Line.

Story

CASTILLIAN ran aground in dense fog on her maiden return voyage to Britain. All aboard were saved, except the sheep being carrried as cargo as they could not be freed from their pens and drowned. Much informal salvage of her cargo took place once the crew and passengers were saved. Her loss caused major problems for the Allan Line which had to struggle to find a replacement.

Vessel Type

Steam, Passenger, General Cargo

Type of Event

Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Fog

Date of Wreck

1899-03-12

Location

Gannet Dry Ledge

Cargo

160,000 bushels of wheat, four thousand tons of cheese, eighteen horses, 782 cattle and sheep and miscellaneous goods.

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Portland, Maine , United States

Voyage to

Liverpool, Merseyside , England

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Belfast, Ireland

Date

1898

Registered at

Glasgow

Date

Propulsion

Rig

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