The Luxury steamship "S.S. Atlantic", of the White Star Line, ran aground on Mar's Head, Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia on April 1, 1873. This was the worst marine, single vessel disaster to occur off the Canadian Coast prior to the sinking of the Titanic. There were 952 souls on board; 390 were saved. A local Anglican Clergyman, the Reverend William Ancient, led the local fishermen in the rescue.
The bodies recovered that were not claimed by relatives were buried in the village of Terence Bay; 277 in St. Paul’s Anglican Cemetery and 150 in the Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Cemetery. Monuments were erected as a sacred memorial to those who were lost in the disaster.
The SS Atlantic Heritage Park was developed by a group of volunteers who set out on a mission to first, restore the two burial sites and monuments and second, to preserve the history of this disaster. The results of their efforts include an Interpretation Center, which is home to the museum and craft shop, and a park with a beautiful boardwalk.
We invite you to come visit us in Sandy Cove, Terence Bay, Nova Scotia. We are only 30 minutes from Halifax. You can visit the Interpretation Centre, walk the boardwalk that wraps the coastline, rest in the gazebo, absorb the history of this event and explore the communities that were involved.
Meanwhile, we hope you will take the time to explore our website. We have included historic information and accounts if you would like to learn more about this tragedy. There is also information about the Heritage Park, museum and craft shop. You can also check out our interactive calendar to find out Park and local activities.
Finally, if you would like to help contribute to the upkeep of the park, you might like to join The S.S. Atlantic Heritage Society or make a donation to this Registered Charity.