Hunting New England Shipwrecks
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The Lord Ashburton bell
Ashburton Head (right)
Ballast stones from the
Artist Joseph Heard's
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.
|Vessel Name||Lord Ashburton|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||155' / 30' /|
|Built||1843 at St. Andrews, NB|
|Date of Loss||January 19, 1857|
|Reason for Loss||Blown on rocks in gale|
|Fatalities||21 (8 survivors)|
|Location||Eel Brook Cove, near Ashburton Head, Grand Manan Island (NB)|
|Coordinates (Lat/Lon)||44-47.668 N / 66-46.229 W|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Wreck Condition||Wreck is probably mostly gone, but her black ballast stones are scattered on the beach at Eel Brook Cove.|
|Diving Considerations||Caution - currents are very strong around Grand Manan|
Trip - Toulon, France to St. John, NB
When the ship ran on the rocks during a winter storm, the crew members were swept overboard and tried to swim to shore. Some made it, but most died in the struggle. The dead crewmen were buried in the North Head Cemetery and a stone monument was placed there to commemorate the tragedy.
For more information on this and other Grand Manan wrecks, see... http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/grand/ship-e.asp
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