Marine Heritage Database

City Of Monticello - 1900

Ship Type

Typical Profile

Tonnage

566

Length(ft)

232

Breadth(ft)

32

Depth(ft)

10.8

Masts

Decks

Hull

Iron, wood

Shipwreck Details

Description

The vessel was owned by the BAY OF FUNDY STEAMSHIP CO. at the time of its loss. She was a long-serving Bay of Fundy steamer, having worked the Digby and Annapolis Royal to Saint John run for many years before switching to Yarmouth in her final years.

Story

Of the three lifeboats that were launched at the time the vessel foundered, only one boat made it to shore with seven persons aboard and only four of them survived being beached in heavy surf. One of the survivors expressed the belief that when CITY OF MONTICELLO rolled over and broke in two the other two lifeboats were too close and were sucked under. The sinking of such a large and familiar coastal steamer with so few survivors made a dramatic impression and was commemorated in ballads and paintings.

Vessel Type

Steam & Sail (Side wheeler)

Type of Event

Total Loss

Nature of Event

Foundered

Cause of Event

Stress of weather

Date of Wreck

1900-10-10

Location

4 miles W of Yarmouth lighthouse

Cargo

Lives Lost

36

Voyage from

Saint John, New Brunswick , Canada

Voyage to

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia , Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Wilmington, Delaware , United States

Date

1866

Official Number

57871

Registered at

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Date

Propulsion

Steam

Rig

Schooner

Details

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