Whale Cove, NS Schooner GLORIANA Disaster, May 1903
RAN ASHORE IN A FOG.
FISHING SCHOONER MEETS WITH TERRIBLE DISASTER.
FIFTEEN OF A CREW OF EIGHTEEN MEN PERISH.
AMERICAN SHIP FOUNDERS OFF COAST OF NOVA SCOTIA.
Canso, N.S., May 7. -- The American fishing schooner Gloriana, Captain GEORGE STODDARD, of Gloucester, Mass., ran ashore during a thick fog on the cliffs at Whale Cove, near White Point Ledges, Tuesday night and fifteen of the crew, including the captain, were drowned, out of a total of eighteen. The survivors are JOHN RICHARDS, EUGENE LeBLANC and FRANK NICKERSON.
The drowned are:
Captain GEORGE STODDARD of Gloucester.
GEORGE V. MUISEE.
The Gloriana left the northeast bar of Sable Island Tuesday afternoon, bound for Canso. There was a heavy easterly gale blowing, with thick fog. The vessel was kept under short sail and it is presumed that Captain STODDARD believed he had plenty of sea room. When the Gloriana struck on the ledges she passed over the outer bar but brought up on the inner reef, butted against a cliff of rocks and then fell off into the sea. When the vessel struck the cliff RICHARDS,
LeBLANC and NICKERSON were on deck and they ran forward, rushed out on the bowsprit and climbed up the cliff of rocks to a place of safety before a receding wave carried the vessel off again. Others of the crew who were below rushed on deck half clad and started to lower the dories. As soon as each boat touched the water it was smashed into pieces.
The high seas were breaking clean over the vessel and she swung broadside on the ledges and commenced pounding heavily. Lines were thrown ashore from the schooner several times, but they were either broken or torn from their fastenings on the rocks by the surging of the vessel. Four of the crew jumped overboard and attempted to swim ashore but they were caught in the breakers, dashed against the rocks and killed in the attempt. The others who were on the vessel took to the rigging and clung there while their strength lasted, but the heavy seas were more than they could battle against, and one by one they were swept away. The three men on the rocks could see their companions clinging to the rigging and hear their shouts for help above the roar of the sea, but it was impossible to do anything to save them. The three survivors spent a terrible night on the cliffs.
When daylight dawned they saw one man still clilnging to the rigging and made their way to the mainland for assistance. The shore folk hurried to the scene of the wreck and the man was taken from the rigging, but he was dead.
The place where the Gloriana was wrecked is one of the most dangerous on the Nova Scotia coast.
It is less than a mile from where the steamer Blasmanden was totally wrecked last year, and only a half mile from the scene of the wreck of the steamer Tiber in February, 1903, when twenty-two lives were lost.
Daily News Marshall Michigan 1903-05-07