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Robert G. Cann
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Robert G. Cann
Report on the sinking
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|Vessel Name||Robert G. Cann|
|Vessel Type||Coastal Steamer|
|Owner||Eastern Canada Coast Steamships Ltd.|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||119' / 25' /|
|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 (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|
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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