Shipwrecks of Nova Scotia
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Rescue in storm, similar to
the St. Cuthbert rescue
First report on disaster
N.Y. Times - 04 Feb 1908
N.Y. Times - 05 Feb 1908
N.Y. Times - 06 Feb 1908
Please help us find
Phoenix Line advertisement
from 1899 newspaper
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 Name||St. Cuthbert|
|Vessel Type||British freighter|
|Owner||Rankin, Gilmour & Co. (The Phoenix Line)|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||410' / 51' /|
|Propulsion||Steam / Screw|
|Built||1895 at Newcastle, UK (Swan & Hunter)|
|Date of Loss||February 4, 1908|
|Reason for Loss||Caught fire at sea, burned for several days and finally sank|
|Fatalities||14 (39 crewmen were rescued)|
|Last Trip||Antwerp to New York|
|Wreck Location||200 miles off Cape Sable|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)||Probably very deep|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|Wreck Condition||Probably never found|
|Other Information||The St. Cuthbert caught fire at sea and burned for several days. The White Star Line steamer Cymric came upon the burning vessel in a blinding snowstorm. Another British ship, the SS Cambrian, also came to the rescue. The two vessels stood by the St. Cuthburt until the storm died down somewhat. Then the Cymric's captain sent a lifeboat to rescue the survivors (some badly burned) and delivered them to Boston.|
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