Hunting New England Shipwrecks

Saint John

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Old shipwreck illustration
similar to Saint John disaster
(Author's collection)

 Monument to Saint John victims in Cohasset cemetery
(Steve O'Gara photo)

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.

For more information on the Saint John, check out our Saint John Tragedy page.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Saint John
Other Names  
Vessel Type Brig
Length / Beam / Draft (feet)  
Hull Construction Wood
Propulsion Sails
Cargo Passengers (Immigrants from Ireland)
Date of Loss October 7, 1849
Reason for Loss Dragged anchor onto ledge in storm
Fatalities 99 (passengers and crew)
Location The Grampuses (rocks), off Cohasset, MA
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 42-15-57N / 70-46-48W
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 20' maximum
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Probably completely gone
Diving Considerations  
Other Information A monument to the 99 victims (see photo above) stands in Cohasset Central Cemetery. For more information on the Saint John disaster, check out our Saint John Tragedy page and the County Claire Library's  Saint John Website.
Attention Divers
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