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Halifax and Its People / 1749-1999

"The Wreck of the Atlantic", 1873

The SS Atlantic left Liverpool, England, for New York on 20 March 1873. Eleven days later, the captain decided to steam to Halifax, the nearest port, because the vessel's coal supply was running low. However, en route, the ship went ashore at Mars Head, near Lower Prospect, in the early morning of 1 April. The loss of life was horrendous – 565 passengers and crew. The disaster was the world's worst merchant shipwreck known at that time.

Artist: originally published by Currier and Ives - Photographer: copied by E.A. Bollinger

Reference: Nova Scotia Archives  Photo Drawer - Transportation & Communication - Ships & Shipping - Atlantic  / neg. no.: E.A. Bollinger #5257

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