Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia


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Bark Melmerby
on the rocks
(MMA website)

Melmerby wreck report
N.Y. Times 14-Oct-1890
(Author's collection)

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 Melmerby
Other Names  
Vessel Type Bark
Owner W.H. Ross & Co.
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 207' / 40' / 
Tonnage 1,487 NT
Hull Construction Wood
Propulsion Sails
Cargo Lumber
Built 1863 at St. John, NB (Nevins)
Date of Loss October 12, 1890
Reason for Loss Ran on rocks after being disabled in storms for several days
Fatalities 15 (7 crewmen survived)
Last Trip Quebec to Greenock, Scotland
Wreck Location Near New Glasgow - ran on reef off Ray Island and broke up
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet)  
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Probably completely gone
Diving Considerations  
Other Information A public beach near the wreck site is known as Melmerby Beach
Attention Divers
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