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Robert G. Cann

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Robert G. Cann
under steam
(Author's collection)

Report on the sinking
N.Y. Times - 18 Feb 1946
(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 Robert G. Cann
Other Names  
Vessel Type Coastal Steamer
Owner Eastern Canada Coast Steamships Ltd.
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 119' / 25' / 
Tonnage 265 G.T.
Hull Construction Wood
Propulsion Steam / Screw
Built 1911 at Shelburne, NS
Date of Loss February 16, 1946
Reason for Loss  Sprang a leak and foundered in blizzard
Fatalities 12 (1 survivor - Capt. Arthur Ellis)
Location 8 miles SE of Swallowtail Light, Grand Manan Island (NB)
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) Approximately 400'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Wreck probably never found
Diving Considerations Caution - currents are very strong around Grand Manan
Other Information Last Trip - St. John, NB to to Yarmouth, NS (via Tiverton, ME)

The entire 13-man crew took to a 17' lifeboat when the vessel started sinking. Twelve men died of exposure, but Capt. Ellis survived the ordeal, and the boat came ashore 19 hours later at Digby Neck, Nova Scotia.

For more information on Grand Manan and its shipwrecks, see our Grand Manan page.

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