Wounded soldiers plucked off vessel
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.
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.