german Adler Line - German Transatlantic Steam Nav. Co. SS Schiller [+1875]
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nationality german
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1873
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weight (tons) 3421  grt
dimensions 116 x 12.2 x 7.4 m
material iron
engine 1 x 2 cyl. compound engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 600  h.p.
speed 13  knots
yard no. 323
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons fog
date lost 07/05/1875  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.335rank: 322
about people
Napier R. & Sons - Robert Napier & Sons, Glasgow
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Napier R. & Sons - Robert Napier & Sons, Glasgow
Adler Line - German Transatlantic Steam Nav. Co., Hamburg
captain Thomas J.G.
no. of crew 100
no. of passengers 235
about the wreck
depth (m.) 11 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Eekelers Dirk
entered 25/01/2006
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Possibly gold to be found ? Depth: 11 meters, Isle of Scilly.

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Wrecked Retarrier Ledges for people looking for gold!

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Eekelers Dirk25/01/2006Steamer of 3.421 tons, 380.5 ftx40 ftx24.4 ft. Sunk: 1875. Ran aground. At around 10 pm on the 7th of May, 1875, the 3421 ton German transatlantic liner Schiller struck the Retarrier Ledges in thick fog. She had a crew of over a hundred, with 59 saloon class passengers, 75 second class and 20 steerage class. Signal cannons were fired but only one was heard on shore and was presumed to be the normal arrival signal.

Only two lifeboats were launched successfully, eventually to reach Tresco carrying 26 men and 1 woman. This left over 300 people on the ship, with no means of getting ashore and no one aware of their plight. By the following morning it was obvious that a ship was amongst the western rocks and rescue attempts began, but by this time the ship had broken up and only a few men remain ed clinging to the rigging. Of the 372 people carried only 37 survived. Over a hundred bodies were buried in the churchyard at Old Town. Louise Holzmeister was on of the passengers, 23 years old and newlywed, traveling to Germany to be reunited with her millionaire husband. Her body was never found. Her grieving husband having the memorial in Old Town churchyard built.
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