Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia
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wrecked off Drumhead
(Nova Scotia Museum)
Report on Ealing disaster
from the New York Times
Wreck Chart #5
Cape Breton Island
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.
|Vessel Type||British Freighter|
|Owner||Watts, Ward & Co., London|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)|
|Propulsion||Steam / Screw|
|Built||1882 at Blyth, England (Hodgson & Soulsby)|
|Date of Loss||January 6, 1896|
|Reason for Loss||Stranded in fog and abandoned|
|Fatalities||15 (9 crewmen survived)|
|Last Trip||Newfoundland to New York|
|Wreck Location||Southeast Breaker, off Drumhead - approximately 3 miles off shore|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Other Information||Crew abandoned the Ealing in two lifeboats. One boat was lost, the other came ashore in nearby Canso 4 days later. See the New York Times article (above) for details.|
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