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Humacao wreck story
and the tragic follow-up

Humacao follow-up report
N.Y. Times - 24 Sept1885
(Author's collection)

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Humacao
Other Names  
Vessel Type Freight Steamer (barkentine-rigged)
Owner Spanish registered
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 321' / 37' / 
Tonnage 2,525 GT
Hull Construction Iron
Propulsion Steam / Screw
Built 1883 at Glasgow, Scotland (Charles Connell & Company)
Date of Loss Grounded - August 5, 1885
Reason for Loss Grounded on ledge in fog, later broke up and sank
Fatalities 11 wreckers (one wrecker survived) when the ship broke up, slid off the ledge and sank. The original crew had been safely taken off the ship after grounding
Location Off Grand Manan Island, NB, on Wallace Ledge (part of the Murr Ledges), 3 miles SSE of Southwest Head Light
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 444-31.9 N / 66-52.5 W
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet)  
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition  
Diving Considerations Caution - currents are very strong around Grand Manan
Other Information Last Trip - West Indies to St. John, NB.
For more information on Grand Manan and its shipwrecks, see our Grand Manan page.
Attention Divers
The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors.  For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.

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