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.
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.
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.
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