Meat Cove, Cape Breton, NS, Steamer LUNENBURG Lost, Dec 1905



Meat Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Dec. 6. -- Eleven lives were lost as a result of the striking of the steamer Lunenburg on the rocks off Amherst Harbor, near the Magdalen Islands. When the steamer struck there were 17 persons on board, including the crew of 16 and R. J. LESLIE of Halifax, one of the firm owning the steamer, a member of parliament.
The accident occurred in a violent storm, the dangers of a terrific sea being increased by blinding snow. After the steamer struck the storm abated sufficiently for five of those on board to row to land. The others decided to remain on the vessel until calm weather, but later in the day, under the beating of tremendous waves, the steamer began to go to pieces and it became necessary for them to leave in one of the ship's boats. When the 12 men were about half way to the shore a great wave swamped their craft and the only one to escape death in the turbulent waters was Captain PRIDE of the Lunenburg, who managed to cling to the boat until help reached him.
The listing of the lost:
R. J. LESLIE, Halifax.
J. W. McCONNELL, purser, Port Hilford.
HARDING GERHARDT, steward, Lunenburg.
RANALD McDONALD, chief engineer, Pictou.
J. JOSIE COOK, cook.
BEVERLEY HAMM, cabin boy, Lunenburg.
CHAESSAN VITAL, seaman, Magdalens.
D. D. VIGNEAULT, seaman, Magdalens.
SAMUEL VIGNEAULT, seaman, Magdalens.
JOSEPH BOURGEOIS, seaman, Magdalens.

Evening Record Greenville Pennsylvania 1905-12-06