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Lamaline and Cape Ray, NF Steamer Wrecks, May 1897

TWO VESSELS WRECKED

Narrow Escape of the Passengers and Crews

St. John's, N.F., May 16–The French brigantine CROISIDINE, from Bayonne for St. Pierre, with a valuable general cargo, went ashore yesterday morning near Lamaline, Newfoundland. A heavy sea was running, and the crew experienced the greatest difficulty in launching the boats which were almost swamped among the breakers. They rowed all day and all last night but were unable to find the land. They had no provisions, so hurried was their start from the vessel, and they suffered greatly from the cold and drenching sea. About noon to-day they heard the fog horn at the entrance of the harbor of St. Pierre and making their way toward the port were picked up by a pilot best. the crew numbers twenty-eight. Most of them are greatly exhausted from hunger and rowing.

The German steamer ARCADIA, laden with grain and bound from Montreal for Liverpool, went ashore this morning near Cape Ray on the southern side of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in a dense fog. Her passengers, twenty-eight in number, and fifty-four men had a thrilling experience in trying to reach land. Three men attempted to swim through the surf with the life line but failed. The fourth, however, succeeded, and attached the hawser to the rocks in a favorable position so that all were safely landed after a hard struggle.

Neither passengers nor crew saved anything. The vessel is likely to become a total wreck as she is on jagged rocks with a big hole in her bottom.

Charleston News and Courier
May 17, 1897



article | by Dr. Radut