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N.Y. Times - 11 March 1879


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Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Turkish Empire
Other Names Built as Istanboul
Vessel Type Square-Rigged Ship (3 masts)
Owner Stewart Brothers, London
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 229' / 37' / 
Tonnage 1,600
Hull Construction Composite (iron frames and wood planking)
Propulsion Sails
Cargo Timber
Built 1856 at West Hartlepool, UK
Date of Loss March 7, 1879
Reason for Loss Grounded at night in gale and quickly broke up
Fatalities 7 (6 crewmen were rescued)
Location Off East shore of Big Duck Island  (Great Duck Island), Grand Manan
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Wreck Condition Probably completely gone
Diving Considerations Caution - currents are very strong around Grand Manan
Other Information Last Trip - St. John, NB to Dublin, Ireland
For more information on Grand Manan and its shipwrecks, see our Grand Manan page.
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