The Wreck Of RMS Rhone


RMS Rhone

RMS Rhone was a UK Royal Mail Ship owned by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company (RMSP).  The RMS Rhone was wrecked in October 1867 during the San Narciso Hurricane, the last of the Atlantic Hurricane season.

Trapped in the Great Harbor of Salt Island by the storm, the captain tried to make his escape via the channel as soon as the winds began to calm. Before he reached safety, however, the winds shifted again—throwing the Rhone directly onto the rocks.  The impact broke the vessel in two, and the cold waters caused the boilers to explode.

As was common practice at the time, the passengers had been tied to their beds during bad weather to keep them safe from harm, and because of this, only twenty-three crew members survived.  Lying between thirty to eighty feet of water, it has become a very popular dive site.

Source: Wikipedia


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