#AceHistoryNews – Sept.30: The luxury liner was only three years old at the time, a beautiful steamed built in Hamburg, and sailed the South American routes from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, and back to capital city of Argentina again: It was during this cruise in the first month of 1930 that Captain Theodor Dreyer ran into trouble, first with a storm that arrived on January 22 and caused the Captain to look for shelter in nearby Yendegaia Bay #AceHistoryDesk reports
https://t.me/HistoricalPics/9308: They entered the Beagle Channel, skirting between the Argentina coast and a series of Chilean islands, the water ahead was full of seaweed and posed significant troubles for the ship’s lookouts to spot trouble: Carefully observing the known obstacles shown on their charts, the ship eased ahead until a submerged rock was spotted and they veered successfully to miss it. Soon things would change dramatically, as they cruised straight into a rock not shown on their charts, and the hull ripped open while tilting to port as her momentum carried the ship up onto the rocks.
Passengers were flung about on the decks and in their rooms, anything loose fell and broke, water poured in while the crew worked to secure watertight doors and control the flooding:The crew did a fine job, getting all of the 1117 passengers and 255 of her crew into lifeboats. Soon launches from the nearby sea towns who heard the Monte Cervantes SOS began to arrive, one was from a nearby prison and housed dozens of the passengers in the cells until transportation arrived.
There were 70 crewman who remained aboard for the next three days, they worked to repair things and restart the engines, eventually bringing the ship off the rocks: Yet on January 23 her bow began to sink, the survivors knew that this was the end and started to jump to safety in the cold salty sea.
All but one would make it, Captain Dreyer slipped as he tried to jump, and plummeted instead into an opening in the ship’s promenade: The Monte Cervantes came to rest with her stern out of the water, but not in the shopping lane, so she was left to rust. #shipwrecksaturday #AceHistoryNews
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