On the Rocks: Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Cobequid - 1914

Ship Type

Typical Profile

N

C

J

M


Code Flags

Tonnage

2960

Length(ft)

Breadth(ft)

Depth(ft)

Masts

Decks

Hull

Steel

Shipwreck Details

Description

Built in 1893 as Goth for the Union Line, she was sold to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Line in 1913 and renamed. A medium sized passenger and cargo liner, she served the company's profitable passenger and cargo service between the West Indies and Canada.

Story

On January 13, 1914, COBEQUID was about to complete a typical run when she inexplicably struck on Trinity Ledge near Yarmouth. Her captain later blamed the incident on a misplaced buoy. Two tiny coastal steamers, WESTPORT and JOHN L. CANN fought high seas and ice to save everyone aboard. As news spread, COBEQUID became the destination for a small horde of looters who stripped the ship of much of her finery. Even the piano was reportedly spirited away in an open boat. Many objects salvaged from COBEQUID can be found at the Yarmouth County Museum, in private collections and at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Vessel Type

Liner, Steam

Type of Event

Total Loss

Nature of Event

Stranded

Cause of Event

Unknown

Date of Wreck

1914-01-13

Location

Trinity Rock, Bay of Fundy

Cargo

COBEQUID carried a double outfit of china, bedding etc for a sister ship being outfitted in Saint John, NB.

Lives Lost

Voyage from

London, England

Voyage to

Saint John, New Brunswick , Canada

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Date

Official Number

58866

Registered at

Southampton, Southampton , England

Date

Propulsion

Rig

Schooner

Details

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