Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia

HMS Phoenix

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Wreck Chart #5
Cape Breton

HMS Doterel
sister ship of Phoenix
(British Navy photo)

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 HMS Phoenix
Other Names  
Vessel Type Composite screw sloop
Owner British Navy
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 170' / 36' /
Tonnage 1,124 DT
Hull Construction Composite - wood planking on iron frame
Propulsion Steam / Screw / Sails (barque rigged)
Built 1979 at Devonport Dockyard, England
Date of Loss September 12, 1882
Reason for Loss Grounded on reef
Fatalities None - Approximately 100 men got off safely
Last Trip Gaspe to Canso
Wreck Location Off East Point, Prince Edward Island
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) 30' Maximum
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition Completely broken up
Diving Considerations Reportedly, this wreck can be reached by a shore dive. The exact location can be obtained from local divers and fishermen. This is a strong current area, so diving should be planned for slack tide only.
Other Information  
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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