Wounded sol­diers plucked off ves­sel

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Hun­dreds of wounded Cana­dian sol­diers were res­cued 100 years ago Mon­day after their hos­pi­tal ship ran aground off Hal­i­fax har­bour.

The SS-Leti­tia was car­ry­ing 546 First World War sol­diers when it ran aground in thick fog on Aug. 1, 1917.

A res­cue ef­fort was mounted and sev­eral ves­sels from the har­bour and nearby ports were able to pick up all of the in­jured sol­diers.

There was only one fa­tal­ity as the ves­sel floun­dered on the rocks.

A crew mem­ber drowned while swim­ming ashore.

The wreck of the Leti­tia is now fre­quented by recre­ational scuba divers in an area south of Por­tuguese Cove.

FILE PHOTO

The SS-Leti­tia is shown stranded on rocks near Hal­i­fax har­bour in this file photo from Aug. 1, 1917. The hos­pi­tal ship, car­ry­ing 546 wounded Cana­dian sol­diers, went aground in dense fog. A res­cue ef­fort 100 years ago saved all the sol­diers wounded in the First World War.

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