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Maritime Image of the Day: “The sinking of the SS Atlantic in 1873”

PortandTerminal.com, January 10, 2020

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Today’s “Maritime Image of the Day” is a famous lithograph published by Currier and Ives that shows the desperate moments as the SS Atlantic’s passengers try desperately to make shore after their ship struck rocks near Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 1, 1873.

Lithograph of the RMS Atlantic
SS Atlantic was a transatlantic ocean liner of the White Star Line that operated between Liverpool, United Kingdom, and New York City, United States. 

More than half of the souls on board didn’t make it and were drowned. Of the 952 people passengers and crew, 535 died in the incident. The tragedy remained one of the largest losses of life in a maritime accident up until the sinking of the Atlantic in 1912.

Stone memorial with plaque beside the seaside.
Local monument to the disaster in Terrence Bay, a community of 824

Of those who were saved, most owed their lives to the brave local fishermen of the small fishing community in Terrence Bay who rushed out in the middle of the night in their dories to help.

Locals in Terrence Bay haul drowned victims from the SS Atlantic out of the water

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