Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia
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Wreck Chart #2
Halifax and Approaches
Bow of Erg
after sinking in 1943
(Maritime Museum - Halifax)
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.
|Other Names||Original name Sambro|
|Vessel Type||Harbour Tug|
|Owner||Halifax Steamship Ltd.|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||55' / 14' /|
|Propulsion||Steam / Screw (later converted to diesel)|
|Built||1915 at Halifax, NS (Halifax Shipyard Ltd.)|
|Date of Loss||June 6, 1943|
|Reason for Loss||Rammed by steamer Norelg and sank|
|Fatalities||19 (5 men on board survived)|
|Last Trip||Halifax Harbour|
|Wreck Location||The final location of the Erg is in the northern part of Bedford Basin - near Roach Cove|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||60'|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Wreck Condition||Upright and mostly intact|
|Diving Considerations||Generally poor underwater visibility|
|Other Information||One of the earliest steel
vessels built in Halifax, Sambro was a steam tug built and owned
by Halifax Shipyard. She was sunk by the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Ten
years later, she was raised, re-named Erg and converted to a
diesel work boat. She was sunk again on July 6, 1943 in a collision with
Norelg a Norwegian freighter. Erg was carrying shipyard
workers when the freighter, arriving in Bedford Basin, overtook her in
fog and rain to strike her on the port side. Only five of the 24 men on
board were saved. An inquiry blamed carelessness and a poor look-out
about Norelg. Fourteen days after sinking, Erg was raised
by the floating crane Lord Kitchener and the bodies of 10 victims
removed. Too badly damaged to repair, she was scuttled near Roach Cove
in Bedford Basin and forgotten. In 2001, a team from the Nova Scotia
Undersea Exploration Society located and identified the wreck.
Divers please note that the Erg wreck is a Protected Heritage Site and that nothing on the wreck is to be disturbed or removed.
Attention Divers The information on this page was obtained from a variety of sources. Although we have attempted to make it as accurate as possible, it may contain errors. For your personal safety, use extreme caution when diving on this wreck.
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