Wreck of the  Daniel Steinmann, lost 1884 Halifax Harbor N.S.

One Hundred Lives Lost on the Nova Scotia Coast

Special Despatch to Daily Evening News


Halifax, April 4.–Steamer Daniel Steinman (White Cross Line), from Antwerp for Halifax, was wrecked at Sambro last night between ten and eleven o'clock. Ninety passengers and thirty-four of the crew were drowned. The captain and several men were saved. No particulars have been received. Believed vessel went ashore in fog and tide setting shoreward. Another despatch received here says loss of life will not exceed seventy persons.

From the New Brunswick Daily Evening News, Monday, April 7, 1884


The Daniel Steinmann was built at Antwerp in 1857. She was 177 feet long, 34 feet beam and 25 feet depth of hold. Her gross tonnage was 1,785 tons. She had fine bulkheads and her engines were 183 horse-power. Her name was formerly the Khedive. She has been running in the White Cross Line since 1878. At one time she was considered a very lucky vessel, but during the last two or three years she has been several times disabled.



The east coast of Canada is covered with the remains of centuries of bad weather, poor judgement and ill-luck.  The older wrecks along these shores are often remarkably well preserved, and serve as a unique window into a bygone seafaring age; while the more modern sunken ships provide a colossal exploration ground for the keen wreck diver.


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