Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum
Wreck Of The Italian Ship Fortuna
by From a clipping taken from the Democratic Messenger
December 9, 1911

Big Ship Stranded Near Ocean City

The Italian ship Fortuna, Captain Domenico Bianco, stranded on the bar at Ocean City, at 5 o'clock Monday after noon, the crew of twenty men being taken off by the Isle of Wight and Ocean City Life-Saving crews Tuesday morning after they spent a night of anxiety on board the vessel.

She first struck on Fenwick Island Shoals at 10 o'clock Monday morning, during a blinding snow and heavy wind storm, pounded there four hours, and when they were able to get her off she was found to be leaking so badly that they had to run her ashore to keep from sinking. She left Buenos Ayres (Aires), Argentina, September 11th loaded with bone for Philadelphia, and had good passage until Monday.. Fortuna is an iron ship, square rigged, 2,500 tons, built 25 years ago at Glasgow. Her home port is Genoa, Italy.

Crews from Isle of Wight and Ocean City Life-Saving Stations tried all night to reach her with a breeches buoy, but were not successful.

The ship's company is made up of 14 Italians, one Negro and five Norwegians.

The ship's rudder is gone and she is leaking badly. The Merritt-Chapman Wrecking Company secured the contract to save the ship, and its tug Merritt arrived Tuesday, but on account of the high seas was unable to do anything toward saving the ship. She went to sea for the night.

Wednesday morning steam pumps were put aboard and an atsitet was made to float the Fortuna.

Men from Ocean City went to the stranded ship in a power boat and took charge, claiming that she had been abandoned by her crew and they were entitled under maritime laws to salvage the ship.

This action is not taken seriously by the agent of the wrecking company.









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