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S.S. Menantic

Built by J. L. Thompson & Sons
Launched 1893; Wrecked, 1904
Length 322'; Beam 42' 7"; 3,024 tons
291 n.h.p.; Triple-expansion engine

 

There is a very brief reference in the New York Times of September 5, 1894, to Captain Frietsch, a single-handed yachtsman bound from New York to Queenstown, hailing the Atlantic Transport Line steamer Menantic, commanded by Captain Mann, and sailing from London via Swansea to New York. The yachtsman wanted an officer to board his vessel, the fore-and-aft schooner Nina (just 24 feet along the keel), to confirm that he was indeed sailing alone. Third officer Rowden went across in a boat and obliged.

This may have been the Manhanset Line ship of this name operating under charter to the Atlantic Transport Line. This ship passed to the Menantic Steamship Company (T. Hogan & Sons) of Bristol, and in 1902 to the North Atlantic Steamship Company. In July 1904 A. M. Kelly, the Second Officer of "the Bristol steamer" Menantic, was awarded a Royal Humane Society medal for gallantry after braving shark infested waters in Vera Cruz harbor, Mexico, in an unsuccessful attempt to save the ship's Chief Engineer from drowning on May 7.

Menantic was wrecked in 1904 near Coronel when sailing from New York to Iquique, a city in northern Chile "carrying a valuable general cargo" including "heavy steel goods." She was insured for $20,000 at the time and became a total loss. Although it was at first hoped to salvage part of her cargo it was soon ascertained that "the greater part" had been damaged by sea water.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931;The New York Times, September 5, 1894

 

For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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