SS Norge Disaster: 635 Souls Perished


SS Norge

SS Norge was a Danish passenger liner built in 1881, which sank off Rockall in 1904.

On 28 June 1904, heading for New York, SS Norge ran aground on Hasselwood Rock, St Helen’s Reef, close to Rockall, in foggy weather.  She was reversed off the rock, but sank quickly due to the serious hull damage.

Over 635 people died during the sinking.  The 160 survivors spent up to eight days in open lifeboats before rescue.  Several more people lost their lives in the days that followed rescue as a result of their exposure to the elements and swallowing salt water.

Source: Wikipedia