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Crew rescue report
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Warwick wreck report
St. John Daily Sun
1 January 1897


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 Warwick
Other Names  
Vessel Type Steamer (Barkentine-rigged)
Owner Donaldson Brothers
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 316' / 41' / 
Tonnage 2,527 G.T.
Hull Construction Iron
Propulsion Steam / Screw
Cargo General Cargo
Built 1882 at Newcastle, UK (Richardson, Duck & Company)
Date of Loss December 31, 1896
Reason for Loss Stranded on ledge in storm at night
Fatalities None (52 crewmen were rescued)
Location Off Grand Manan Island, NB, on Yellow Murr Ledge (part of the Murr Ledges), 3 miles SSE of Southwest Head Light
Coordinates (Lat/Lon) 44-29.0 N / 66-51.0 W
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet)  
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition  
Diving Considerations Caution - currents are very strong around Grand Manan
Other Information Last Trip - Glasgow, Scotland to St. John, NB

When the vessel started breaking up, the 52 crewmen were loaded into 2 lifeboats and headed off into the storm. A Gloucester fishing schooner, the George S. Bontwell, that was anchored in a nearby harbor, headed out into the storm and rescued the entire crew. To read more about that rescue. see... 

For more information on this and other Grand Manan wrecks, see... http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/grand/ship-e.asp 

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

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