Full title is: Loss of The Steamship "Atlantic," of the "White Star Line" with Scenes and Incidents During and After the Wreck. Published in Toronto in 1873. This is a 40 page report that was published as a description of the tragedy and contains statements from the survivors. All women and children ...
Full title is: Loss of The Steamship "Atlantic," of the "White Star Line" with Scenes and Incidents During and After the Wreck. Published in Toronto in 1873. This is a 40 page report that was published as a description of the tragedy and contains statements from the survivors. All women and children perished.
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.....The following is the "Chronicle's" report of the disaster: It is our painful duty this morning to record the most terrible marine disaster that has ever occurred on our coast, the loss of a great ocean steamship, with about 750 lives. Yesterday afternoon, a report became current that a steamer had been wrecked somewhere on the coast, and one or two lives lost. The report was regarded as one of the canards put afloat on All-Fools-day, and little regard was paid to it. Soon the report became more definite, and the evening papers were able to state that the steamer "Atlantic" of the White Star Line, was ashore near Prospect, and several lives had been lost. Even yet the public were inclined to regard the story as a malicious hoax. A little later, however, it became known that the report was well founded, and but a small part of the truth had been told; the fact being, that the Atlantic had been wrecked on Meagher's rock, near Prospect, 22 miles west of Halifax, and of about 1,000 souls on board, 750 were lost. Need we say the terrible announcement created a profound feeling of horror throughout the community. Having ascertained that one man from the wrecked ship had arrived in town, a reporter went in search of him, and found him in an eating house in Upper Water Street. He proved to be Mr. Brady, third officer of the Atlantic, bruised and worn out, and almost speechless, after the terrible events of the morning, he was, as might be expected, in no condition to talk. Nevertheless, he cheerfully consented to answer the reporter's questions, and gave such information as he could.
.....Steam tugs and the Delta came down from Halifax, and took the survivors to that city, where they were received and treated with great kindness. The steamer Falmouth was afterward chartered, and conveyed the survivors to Portland, whence they were taken on a Pullman train to Boston, where they were entertained and cared for in Faneuil Hall. On Saturday evening, many of them left, by the Old Colony and Newport, for New York.
.....The investigation ordered by the Dominion Government was begun on Saturday, in the Custom House at Halifax, before the Collector, E. M. McDonald. The Captain, chief officer, and others, testified mainly in accordance with the foregoing statements. From their sworn testimony it would appear that 13 saloon passengers had been saved, 20 lost; 416 steerage passengers saved, 627 steerage and crew lost; totals, 429 saved, 547 lost. John Hanley, a boy who was pushed through a window by a man, was the only youth rescued, All women and children perished.